Many people have asked the question what the Western world would have been like if it was ruled by women instead of men.
If that happened today, I’m not sure we would notice much difference. But what if we, the women, had ruled “from the start”. What if the roles of dominance would have been the reversed at the cradle of civilization?
Today a man is the ideal. God is a man, humans shaped to God’s alikeness (without doubt written by a man). Women have through the history brought either disaster (we caused humans to be thrown out of the Gardens of Eden) or blessings (Jesus were born by a woman). Rarely a woman has just done something, without being pointed out as a woman.
We women have to such degree strived to become men that we ourselves consider our period cycles as something causing problems. Changes in mood and the ejection of blood are things that should be suppressed and hidden. Men’s mood runs as a straight line over a month. They don’t understand changes in mood without a valid reason, and shifts in hormones are not considered a valid reason – how could it be, when no man has the slightest idea what it feels like? We woman have learned to accept that we are considered irrational and/or suppress the temper, at least in public.
Yes, sure, today, in most Western countries, men and women are equals when it comes to law and human values, but it is still the male behavior that constitutes the ideal.
Just look at the irony that most medicines are tested on men just because they are even and don’t get pregnant. The unevenness in women is considered a problem when testing medicines – not something to consider and accept that half the users of the medication will have.
And take a look at PMDD (which I have myself) it says in a medical dictionary that, aside from hormones, abuse of alcohol, overweight, caffeine intake and the lack of exercise plays their roles – all things that is caused by the woman herself and her lifestyle. Trust me when I say that neither plays any part in my PMDD. I’ve read similar ways to blame a medical condition on the patient’s lack of morally correct life - in older medical literature - concerning things like masturbation and homosexuality. This attitude towards PMDD caused by the woman’s own lifestyle is from today! Though up to 8% of fertile women are calculated to have PMDD little research is made to help and most women likely don’t seek help, since it is “just PMS” or a woman’s strange moodiness in general. How many women who killed themselves due to this condition nobody knows.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bitter. I’m just playing with a thought. If women had been the dominant sex the result would not have been a better society. It would have been a society fit for women in the same way our real world has been fit to suit men’s need. Just as wrong as consider women unfit to vote, so would it have been to put men in the same position. It would have been just as unfair to have medicines tested on women only as it is to have them tested on only men. Though it would have been sweet to be the ruling sex the society would have been just as unfair and that is no worthy goal.
If women had been the dominant sex, God would have been a woman. Men’s stable emotions would have been considered a problem and even considered as they maybe even lacked emotions. Perhaps they even lacked a proper brain, since they are guided by facts and not their soul. They would be considered to be able to do good physic work, but not able to make vital decisions.
I wonder if there would have been pills to encourage moodiness?