Patriarchy and civilization

Steve Sailer has a very interesting post up today on the paper “The Origins of Gender Roles:  Women and the Plough”, by Alberto Alesina, Paola Giuliano, and Nathan Nunn.  It seems that whether or not plows are employed in agriculture is a good indicator of gender roles–with plow societies being much more likely to frown on women working outside the home than hoe societies.  Check out the map.

What’s the first thing that jumps out at you?  The patriarchal “plow societies” make a long swath that just happens to include all the great world civilizations.  Hmm.

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