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@BenHowe Why do people always call it "patriarchal capitalism". The economic system which underpins "patriarchy" is feudalism, not capitalism. "Patriarchy" is defined by a patrilineal descent and a strong tendency to primogeniture, which makes sense when the primary means of production
@BenHowe is land and power is defined by the ability to defend territory militarily. But this in turn leads to local independence from centralised ruling powers and a strong tendency towards subsistence economies characterized by vassalage, serfdom and a quasi-caste system, underpinned
@BenHowe by the ur-caste of gender so that men and women occupy strictly different roles in utilising the means of production and in consumption of goods. Furthermore, control of the fruit of woman's loins (to prevent land inheritance going to individuals not in the father's family)
@BenHowe leads towards a system of controlling female sexuality and access to female bodies by other men. Patriarchal religions police and proclaim (as the will of God) but do not make these rules and they glorify a male territorial defending warmongering God as a kind of supreme
@BenHowe Patriarch.
On the other hand, cash based economies giving rise to mercantilist and ultimately capitalist systems expand at the cost of feudal systems by centralising power and authority in the hands of a king (ultimately an executive govt) with the means to pay for a standing
@BenHowe army. The need to inherit or defend land per se decreases over time and is displaced by the need to defend the means of production. In this kind of economy, the physical nature of work diminishes, severely curtailing the requirement to separate the work done by men and women ..
@BenHowe Rather it is more economically efficient if they become interchangeable units of labour. This situation puts men and women into direct competition with each other rather than the previous complementarian but subordinate (due to inheritance) role occupied by women. However,
@BenHowe females are still at a structural disadvantage become they still bear children. Bearing children is not a direct contribution (however beneficial in the long run) to capitalist economies and so these duties - child rearing and child caring - are not rewarded
@BenHowe in such societies, they are given minimal and grudging support and women are basically expected to control when they engage in maternal undertakings (e.g. contraception, abortion, keeping their legs closed, not getting pregnant at "the wrong time"). otoh men are let
@BenHowe off the hook regarding controlling female sexuality. They get to spread their wild oats without consequence as they no longer have concerns about guarding territory and can focus purely on making money (children are a drain so if you can eshew responsibility great)...
@BenHowe Of course, both feudalism (and associated colonialism) and capitalism (and its perverse cousin, communism) are in constant struggle with each other and natural human instincts to cooperate, to make babies together, to live to love etc add
@BenHowe to this mix producing the kind of stuff we see today where patriarchy competes with a sexist capitalist economy competes with a natural instinct to live in bonded pairs for the purposes of child rearing. But it is not a "patriarchy" in any monolithic sense.
@BenHowe and you are probably a spoof account - but hey this was a fun peroration ( @janeclarejones would love a response or a chance to debate this)
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