We can thank the Ancient Greeks for Modern Male Chauvinism
The ancient Greeks gave us so many gifts- The Olympic Games, Pythagorean Theorem, Pi, Odysseus, 300, and the list goes on from Aphrodite to Zeus. They also set the standard for gender roles. Not only did their society favor men, but women were told most famously by Pericles that the more inconspicuous they are, the better. We are a product of our past.
The Ancient Greeks set the standard for our Western values.
Treatment varied between the city-states, but Athens is the most famous for championing and passing down our democracy so they will be the focus. Due to men running the country and developing the system of rule, women were relegated to subservient roles in the household. They were not allowed to participate in the vote and they were not allowed to own property. Because they couldn’t own property, they weren’t even allowed to become full citizens. Most historians believe that a restricted existence prevented adultery... sounds about right. Amazing to me that over the next two thousand years nothing really changed in Western Civilization. Men continue to use every tactic possible today, from voting to religion, all to keep their dominance. They earn more in the workplace and literally value themselves more than their gender counterpart. It’s actually quite pathetic and proves that men inhibit a lack of true power, a kind that is predicated on fear. It’s easy to connect the dots. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” All men.
The argument that this is the way it has always been is futule, childish and barbaric. I never want to pride myself on conducting my way of life around what civilizations did over 2,000 years ago. I wouldn’t do that for science. I wouldn’t do that for education. I wouldn’t do that for medicine. So why do we do it for the framework of our society? It's time we take a long, hard look because...
“The unexamined life is not worth having” - Socrates