24. What if Men Weren’t Physically Dominant?

Rundown

In this episode, Mexie and Marine discuss the ways in which sexual dimorphism, which has been exaggerated by millennia of social oppression, is at the root of patriarchy and rape culture, and informs our other oppressive systems like capitalism, colonialism,  imperialism, and white supremacy. Drawing on anthropological theory and literary works, we argue that the physical dominance of men is not something purely natural, although as a global society we’ve come to understand it as such. What if women were encouraged, as men are, to bulk up and fight back against any attacker? What would the world look like if the physical power dynamics were flipped? What forms of liberation would that enable; what abuses of power?

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