“If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance.” So proclaimed the Roman general, statesman and censor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, in 131 B.C. Still, he went on to plead, falling birth-rates required that Roman men fulfil their duty to reproduce, no matter how irritating Roman women might have become. “Since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.”
Misogynist or realist?? Roman Women justifiably felt the same about men; however both genders have continually created the union through the instinctive behaviour of procreation and love. Unlike Roman Men, males today are stripped of almost all power. Over the last 30 yrs men have endured incredible pain through loss of assets, future earnings and a good relationship with their children due to the break-up of the family. I believe the young generation of males will not venture in our path and will search for a lifestyle without the inclusion of children. Who in their right mind would walk voluntarily into a lions den even if they like cute pussys? Women on the other hand are desperate to fulfil the desire to procreate and, given the power base they have, will attempt to achieve it anyway they can. Driven by narcissism, which is sanctioned by the state, she ignores the childs best interests.
Patriarchal societies come in many varieties and evolve through different stages. What they have in common are customs and attitudes that collectively serve to maximize fertility and parental investment in the next generation. Of these, among the most important is the stigmatization of “illegitimate” children. One measure of the degree to which patriarchy has diminished in advanced societies is the growing acceptance of out-of-wedlock births, which have now become the norm in Scandinavian countries, for example. Under patriarchy, “bastards” and single mothers cannot be tolerated because they undermine male investment in the next generation. Illegitimate children do not take their fathers’ name, and so their fathers, even if known, tend not to take any responsibility for them. By contrast, “legitimate” children become a source of either honor or shame to their fathers and the family line. The notion that legitimate children belong to their fathers’ family, and not to their mothers’, which has no basis in biology, gives many men powerful emotional reasons to want children, and to want their children to succeed in passing on their legacy. Patriarchy also leads men to keep having children until they produce at least one son