There is not a single country in the world today whose top political position is held by a woman. Although, during the last decade, women have entered fields previously barred to them, men still monopolize the key positions in government, industry and military institutions. The questions remain: Are there innate biological harriers that prevent women trom attaining equal power? Or, is there something built into the human male that makes it more natural for him to command females than for females to command him? Feminists actually tend to underestimate male supremacism. They are afraid, for one thing, that, if it has been in continuous existence throughout virtually the entire globe from the earliest times to the present, then perhaps it really is natural for men to dominate women.
What the Science of Dominance Tells Us About Masculinity
There are a lot of false dichotomies out there — left brain vs. They have greater access to power, money, and mates, which they gain through physical prowess, intimidation, and domination. This distinction, which is often based on observations among other social animals such as chimpanzees and wolves paints a very black and white picture of masculinity. As the expression goes, when all you have is a hammer, all you see are nails. Consider one of the earliest sets of studies on the relationship between dominance and attractiveness. The researchers presented their participants with videotaped and written scenarios depicting two men interacting with each other.
PIP: Confucianism in China instills the concept of male superiority over women. Although the laws in the New China establish women's rights, the practices and norms of society still engender male dominance. Chinese family norms promote the unity of the family, while placing women in a subservient and uneducated position. The traditional culture requires obedience to a father and then to a husband and sons.
What is the relationship between sexuality and gender inequality? It is this question which perhaps more than any other has provoked discussion and controversy within feminism. For many radical feminists, sexuality is at the heart of male domination; it is seen as the primary means by which men control women and maintain their power over women in society generally Dworkin, ; MacKinnon, ; Coveney et al. Some Black feminists have also suggested that other forms of oppression may be experienced as more significant for Black women see Chapter 2. Women who stress sexuality as a form of social control have also been criticised for neglecting its pleasures Vance,