“Women are like elephants. I like to look at ’em, but I wouldn’t want to own one.” -W. C. Fields (1880-1946)

Without entering the political quicksand about “ownership”, apparently many women agree with Mr. Fields about being “owned”, at least in terms of marriage. Fewer are marrying. Many even prefer to bear illegitimate offspring. What once were “sluts”, now have become never-married “single moms”. Instead of becoming “stay at home” wives and mothers, increasingly women are competing with men to gain power — economically, politically, and socially. They are succeeding. At what cost? Conceptually, traditional American ideals and values. Operationally, the traditional, American, familial structure.

Excerpt from the novel, Retribution Fever:

     Women who had been giving birth to bastards, an epithet also used but seldom, had been re-branded “single moms” — an accurate and cozy but imprecise term grouping fallen women with upright widows, for example. Freed from ostracism, these fallen women were accepted, if not touted, as some sort of vulnerable heroines facing a cold, cruel world alone with their illegitimate offspring. More telling, the government rewarded their licentious behavior with so-called entitlements.
     Illegitimacy had become legitimate. In fact, those who dared to criticize it risked attack for being mean-spirited and hard-hearted; if not mentally ill from a concocted, neurotic phobia of bastardy.
     The ugly truth, however, had been that mothers who never married suffered substantially greater hardships financially, physically, and mentally than did mothers who married or even mothers who married but divorced. These hardships elicited severe negative strains. These negative strains unfavorably shifted the epigenetics of their offspring both pre-natally and post-natally.

Consequence? For better or worse, and few publicly dare say worse, these United States of America are evolving or devolving into a matriarchal society. Given that throughout human civilization there never has been a truly successful, matriarchal society, is it not an issue worth addressing — one to which the powers-that-be, however, never will utter even an indirect reference? Yet, it’s an issue that already is revealing its conclusion in the form of objective events over time.

Forget personal opinions. Forget abstract ideologies. Let’s put it into the perspective of History and Science — Biobehavioral Science.

PART TWO

Evolution
Excerpts from the novel, Retribution Fever:

     Whence came the origins of life? No one knows. Whatever the case, the Age of Invertebrates dawned.

     Initial creatures were simple, soft-bodied, and uni-cellular. They remained so for another 3.7-billion years. In order to reproduce, each divided itself into two; thereby, creating exact copies of themselves generation after generation after generation. Normal organisms never died from ageing. Some species were to survive relatively unchanged until the present.

     550-million years ago. A seemingly inescapable, cosmic pressure towards more complex organization, a kind of anti-entropy, eventually created the first multi-cellular organisms.

     For the new, more complex organisms with their new, more complex, sexual differentiation into female and male, the process for the life-cycle became birthing, maturing, mating, reproducing, dying. Heterosexual reproduction allows for rapid differentiation of species — one from another.

     Findings from recent studies of comparative pelvic anatomy indicate that sometime between 13-million and 7-million years ago, human lineage diverged from that of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes).

     Precisely, when did Anatomically Modern Man actually appear? The answer remains controversial. Perhaps, as remotely as 80,000 years ago; perhaps, as recently as 40,000. Whatever the case, Homo sapiens was to remain until the present.

Sexual Differentiation
Human females cannot reproduce without males. Males cannot reproduce without females.

Sexual differentiation in the womb occurs at approximately six weeks of gestation with a burst of testosterone in XY-babies then rapid development of male sexual organs between weeks seven to fourteen. In XX-babies, no such burst occurs, so the embryonic, male sexual organs wither and disappear. Despite some abnormal variations in sexual chromosomes (e.g., XYY), only two sexes* exist — male and female.

*The recent use of “gender” for sex is a misnomer, leading to imprecision. Gender is a grammatical term; sex is a biological one.

All life is predicated on two fundamentals — survival and reproduction, which, in turn, depend upon territory and resources. Ninety-nine percent of all species have failed to survive.

Human sexual differentiation, physical and mental, must have had survival-advantage (e.g., division of labor), or it wouldn’t have progressed to its current state. Given greater male strength and aggressiveness, males became dominant. The question arises, however, Is male dominance adaptive today in modern civilization? The Radical Feminists and their male supporters say, “No!”

To be continued …