This has already been well pointed out by some of the other answers given here, but the answer is simple (even as the topic itself is mired in complexity).
The easy answer is that “men write history” – which on the surface is absolutely true. Forget the right to vote – Women around the world were barred from even learning how to read and write as recently as decades ago – and there are places on this planet where some still are.
I grew up hearing the sing-song phrase ad-nauseum, from my own family: “Boys don “t make passes at girls who wear glasses”, which had less to do with the actual fact that I wore glasses, and more to do with my head being in a book all the time. Its no coincidence that when I finally got contact lenses I gained a certain amount of self-confidence that allowed me to take control of my own life.
There are matriarchal societies around the world, and they have existed as long as the planet has turned. However, it is within the very nature of humans to subjugate one another – someone must be greater, and to do that, someone else must be “lesser.”
In matriarchal societies, women tend to swarm together in a tribe for power. However, in patriarchal societies it is often individual men who can take power. And those individual men can take down the swarms quickly and decisively before they are able to build up their defenses.
So, men are viewed as greater, because they show force, offensively, and reign violence – then they proclaim proudly to the world what they “ve done.
Women silently stand together and observe, waiting for the chance to rebuild.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Why-have-men-been-viewed-as-better-than-women-historically
Originally Posted On: 2016-05-27