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The social origins of male dominance

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Writings in psychoanalytic theory and social science that discuss the basis of men's motive to dominate women are reviewed. Both men's fear and envy of women and men's tenuous masculine identity arise from the exclusive early mother-child tie. It is suggested that an important step in altering the development of the motive underlying male dominance would be to have men, as well as women, care for infants. The possibility of greater equality in the family and in the economy is discussed.

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Stockard, J., Johnson, M.M. The social origins of male dominance. Sex Roles 5, 199–218 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287931

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Keywords

  • Social Science
  • Social Psychology
  • Male Dominance
  • Social Origin
  • Great Equality