Should Women Rule the World?

The prospect of a global matriarchy coming into being is actually a lot more possible than you might think. In fact, I would go as far as to predict it. In this connection, if you haven’t read Liza Mundy’s book The Richer Sex, you certainly should. (Here’s a very brief summation of the book’s main point.) She points out that, if current trends continue, women will become the overall main income-earners in America by the year 2030, if not sooner. I would point that once that happens, once women acquire the balance of economic power, it will only be a short matter of time before women also acquire the balance of political power and all other forms of social power and are thus enabled to set the terms of social arrangements writ large going forward (economic power being the root of all other forms of social power). The main thing leading this trend is the difference in the amount of education that men and women are respectively getting. As soon as women were allowed to go to college, they started enrolling in huge numbers, surpassing male enrollment by the start of the 1990s. Men have been slower to do the same. Men remain more tied to this 20th century vision of getting a middle class job right out of high school and using that to support a family. Well here’s how the application of that vision works out in the modern world: These days the guy gets a crappy, working class job right out of high school instead that kinda could use a supplemental source of income, so he uses that income, together with student loans, to put his girl through college (precisely in order that she can ultimately provide that supplemental income), whereupon she graduates and gets a higher-paying job, thus reversing the economic balance of power in the relationship. Since the long-term historical trend is toward universal college enrollment, eventually this imbalance favoring women will probably correct itself, leading back in the direction of balance, but not before we’ve experienced a matriarchal generation or two or three. There is likely to be a whole period of American history beginning around 2040 wherein most doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians, etc., are women. The next question is whether that likelihood is a good thing or a bad thing.

I actually think it probably would be a good thing to have at least one matriarchal generation, if only as a corrective to historical patriarchy. For example, such a situation may be necessary to finally abolish pay discrimination against women. Why? Well because a situation wherein most men find themselves economically dependent on women is the kind of scenario wherein one can envision the majority of men too joining in the chorus demanding equal pay for women, as it would then be in their objective interests (at least their individual interests) for the women supporting them to get paid at the same rate as the men in their field doing the same amount of work. The increased demand for pay equity would likely translate into corresponding public policies getting passed. I also feel that one or a few generations under female rule would tend to make the world a much more peaceful, civil place to live. One of the genuine differences I feel that men and women do have is that women tend to be somewhat less predisposed to emotional volatility, favoring communication over force as a means of problem-solving. If you look at what the World Economic Forum currently ranks as the world’s most gender-equal country, Iceland, I think you can see a strong concentration of that fact in that Iceland is a country that just so happens to have no army at all. Concurrently, I feel that a global matriarchy would tend toward the abolition of militaries, and also just make for an all-around more civil, stable living experience. Matriarchy would probably witness the general banning of both public and private armaments, a more serious crackdown on domestic violence, the banning of physical punishments, and probably a great deal of social stigma being attached to harsh language in general. You can see some small movement in that general direction already now, even well before a matriarchal situation has been realized, corresponding substantially to women gaining more ground and social influence over time. These are some of what I think the benefits of a matriarchal period would be. The danger though is…what happens if this situation doesn’t eventually self-correct, with men eventually enrolling in college at the same rate as women? What if it demoralizes men to find themselves on a campus that’s more than 70% female? What if that development convinces men that higher education, and its resultant benefits (like access to high-paying jobs) is now a “girl thing”, reversing the old prejudice against women and thus creating a situation wherein men believe it’s just “natural” for them to be the dependent party? That’s the danger and that’s something I wouldn’t support. So while one or a few generations of matriarchy would, I feel, be a healthy corrective for society, a permanent matriarchy would be genuinely oppressive to men, and I think that that would definitely be wrong. You have to believe that women are the superior sex to support that. I don’t think there is a superior sex.

4 thoughts on “Should Women Rule the World?

  1. I can see this happening in 2-3 generations if the current trends hold true. If women are getting the education and men are going into trade, women are bound to shatter the glass ceiling in corporate and political leadership.

    Whether it will change anything is another matter all together. Power corrupts. I guess it will just be the direction of that corrupt power that will differ….

    1. Omg, I got a rightist to admit that a glass ceiling exists! I think I’ll have to make a (soda) toast to this momentous occasion. :D

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