(Reader Supported News) -- In their 1997 book "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence," two primate researchers, Dale Peterson and Richard Wrangham, explored species of primates closely tied to human evolution – chimpanzees and bonobos. Both the chimpanzee and the bonobo are the closest relatives to human beings, tied to humans through DNA more closely than to gorillas.
Chimpanzees are patriarchal, in that the status of a chimpanzee is related to the status of its father. When encountering other groups of chimpanzees, they were most often likely to fight and try to claim the other group's territory through violence. Bonobos on the other hand are a matriarchal species, and their primary means of engaging other groups of bonobos is through sex and other forms of affection. Through this comparison, Wrangham and Peterson ease readers to the conclusion that were humans not a patriarchal species, we would see much more peace and love than we would violence and war.
This seems obvious today when looking at contemporary American politics. In Texas, a male governor and male legislators in the GOP are pushing hard for a bill that would close most of the state's abortion clinics, outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, and force abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical clinics. In Wisconsin, a male governor and male legislators successfully forced through a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, effectively legislating penetration of a woman without consent. While transvaginal ultrasounds have been proven to have no effect on the health of a woman or her fetus, they are an effective tool for men to humiliate and degrade women who just want their medical decisions to be left between themselves and their physicians.
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