Masculinizing Society. Masculinizing Sex.
It’s an age old story. Males win. Females lose.
It happens in our society.
It happens in our beds.
And when it happens, everybody loses.
In the East there is a way of thinking that offers us a path forward. There is a way of non-oppositional cooperation between masculine and feminine energy.
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Yin and yang provides a useful lens through which to consider human sexuality. Another lens you may find interesting, FWIW, has probably been started better elsewhere but I’ve not heard such so this is my formulation, warts and all.
Usually personhood is preeminent in how we think but some have conceptualized persons as the means by which genes compete. By extension, I think of societies as expressing a blend of the sperm’s desires or the egg’s desires.
The desire of the sperm is to be widely distributed while the egg wants “a good nest”, safety and security. So a society that maximizes the sperm’s attainment of its desire might be rapacious, its women mere chattel, its girls unvalued, its boys the survivors of harsh competition. I think of Vikings and chronically war-torn areas of the world.
Extreme egg-guided societies would overemphasize stability although none come to mind.
(As I said, for what it’s worth.)
I don’t think that this concept is quite the same as patriarchy vs matriarchy. And obviously most societies fluctuate over time and represent a blend of these two extremes. These are just thoughts that I was reminded of by your last two podcasts about Y&Y.