The evolutionary origins of patriarchy

@article{Smuts1995TheEO,
  title={The evolutionary origins of patriarchy},
  author={Barbara B. Smuts},
  journal={Human Nature},
  year={1995},
  volume={6},
  pages={1-32}
}
  • B. Smuts
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Psychology
  • Human Nature
This article argues that feminist analyses of patriarchy should be expanded to address the evolutionary basis of male motivation to control female sexuality. Evidence from other primates of male sexual coercion and female resistance to it indicates that the sexual conflicts of interest that underlie patriarchy predate the emergence of the human species. Humans, however, exhibit more extensive male dominance and male control of female sexuality than is shown by most other primates. Six… 
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