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Is the Patriarchy Harmful? The Rise of Single Women and Hyperfeminine Men

by Lisa K. Stephenson

The term patriarchy is defined as a system in which the father is the head of the household, having authority over women and children. In 2023 we see and hear many stories of men having multiple children with multiple women and eluding parental responsibility altogether, so, does patriarchy still exist? Did evolution get rid of it?


As recently as the 1970s, children of unmarried mothers in the UK were taken from them and shipped to Australia (where they were placed in religious institutions or put up for adoption). Recent research also shows how disrespect for women’s authority is still rampant in European and American societies that pride themselves on gender equality (theconversation.com).


In the latest news, on May 2, 2022 a politico report detailed a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating the Court would overturn Roe v. Wade. The news set off protestors across the country. The case of Roe v. Wade was brought up by a woman named Norma McCorvey who went under the pseudonym Jane Roe. She sought an abortion in Texas, where it was illegal except to save a woman’s life.


On May 22, 1970 Roe filed a lawsuit against the local District Attorney Henry Wade, claiming abortion laws were unconstitutional. A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court ruled in her favor and in 1971, The Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear Roe’s case. On January 22, 1973, The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision in favor of Roe holding that women have a constitutional right to an abortion under the 14th Amendment.


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*14th Amendment: Addresses many aspects of citizenship and the rights of citizens. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. *


On June 24, 2022 the court ruled 6-3 to uphold Mississippi’s law, with the decision to overturn Roe. Abortion bans began across the nation. According to The New York Times, states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have banned abortions—some with the exception of rape and incest.


Let’s talk about COVID. The pandemic killed nearly 1 million Americans in the past two years, according to the CDC. Tragically and remarkably, a majority of those deaths happened after we announced the authorization of COVID vaccines, which means that they were particularly concentrated in 2021.


Last year, deaths exceeded births in a record-high number of U.S. counties. Never before in American history have so many different parts of the country shrunk because of “natural decrease”, which is the difference between deaths and births (theatlantic.com).


Finally, yes, Americans are having fewer babies. Since 2011, annual births have declined by 400,000. Los Angeles County recorded 153,000 live births in 2001 but fewer than 100,000 in 2021. At this rate, sometime around 2030, L.A. births will have declined by 50% in the 21st century.


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So why aren’t women having children and how does patriarchy play a factor? Since the rise of feminism and women wanting equality in the workforce, we see a workplace where women can earn as much or maybe more than men. We also see a society where hypergamy is rampant and many women still want to marry rich or of a higher social class.


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