Woolfe wrote:Kitties often do die of exposure. Just ask a Zoo how much effort goes into ensuring the climate is survivable for some animals.
Also Historically in tribal type societies, the women did just as much heavy lifting as the men. Indeed whilst the menfolk were "hunting" the womenfolk were "gathering" which was just as important, but slightly less dangerous.
The concept of "weak" women is a recent historical development, which frankly came from a place of "protecting" the women from other rapacious tribes, and then built into a factor of dominance. Probably an element of Patriarchal societal development as well, although its a bit of a chicken or egg situation there. Ie was the dominance because of the patriarchal society, or did the patriarchal society come about because of the dominance?
There is evidence even in the Euro Asian cultures that there were successful Matriarchal societies (up until they got wiped out through natural disasters and invasion), but at a point in time the Patriarchal societies became dominant and matriarchal societies didn't come about again. Its actually a very interesting area of research. Anyhoo....
I actually read in a magazine about 6 months ago about a matriarchal tribe that was dwindling in numbers but they were still hanging on. They said it was common for men to be kidnapped in the middle of the night and forced to be a husband. Somehow its hilarious to me when this happens to men. I'm picturing a 5'2" woman carrying off a 6'0" man whose been thrown over her shoulder.