Historically, pregnancy and the physical differences between males and females were the main factors. (Research to topic: "domestic-political dichotomy" for more info!) Also, the social factors actually favored survival in women, so I could only imagine that they would have more easily accepted political/social domination as a way of avoiding getting killed on a hunting trip, at war, or by infections that develop from severe lacerations from working in the fields and no medical care. K, that last sentence was 100% conjecture on my part, but it sounds right to me, therefore SCIENCE, BITCH!!!
In our times, the gap has closed drastically while simultaneously creating new gaps that actually favor women in certain areas of public life: the family court system*, criminal justice, gender-based scholarships and affirmative action. I wouldn't say that the inequalities equal out, but it is clear that women have not only overcome much of the historical domination, but have flipped the tables in their favor in many ways.
*This is a HUGE problem in the United States, where family court is so, so, so, so, so, so, so heavily biased in favor of women that it is quite easy for women to use the system as a tool to manipulate the men in their lives into doing their bidding OR to do terrible things to men out of pure spite.
I changed my signature. Not that anyone cares enough to notice
Last edited by Barry Horowitz : 07-06-2014 at 05:39 PM.