For all of recorded history, men have dominated the public sphere (and the domestic private sphere as well, as in the pater familias).
But the 21st century is in the midst of a historic pivot: women appear to be on their way to taking over the world—perhaps for millenia! If men have dominated the first several thousand years of recorded history, women seem poised to dominate the next several thousand years.
Seriously. I’m glad I’m the father of two daughters. And can you guess who the new ball and chain is?
That’s right. The husband. Here’s Hanna Rosin laying out the new and fast evolving post-patriarchal global reality:
My take after watching this video: old school patriarchal fundamentalists, with all their talk about what the Natural and God-ordained hierarchy of existence is, have made their judgments based on a time frame that is proving far too short. When you take the long view of human history—say, the next ten thousand years—who’s to say what’s Natural for human beings? Human civilization is still in its infancy; it’s still evolving. From gay equality to women appearing extremely well positioned to thrive in the 21st century economy, what the majority of people will regard as natural and obvious about the human condition a thousand years from now (or even 40 years from now) may be very different from how the majority of people have regarded these things to date.
Hanna Rosin is a female Moses, and I’m a new fan. I look forward to her book on this subject. She’s seen the Promised Land.