Holmbo Posted December 3, 2016 Share Posted December 3, 2016 When one learns about history one get the impression that norms used to be much stricter. That throughout history every person was expected behave and be in a certain way based on categories such as gender or class. But that can't always have been the case. These variations from norms must have been useful to us as humans, otherwise evolution would have sorted them away. So when did we as a society invent this norm about how everyone should be the same? Was it when we went from smaller bands of hunter and gatherers to living in larger groups? Was it a cultural form of natural selection were groups who had rigid codes of behavior for some reason did better than those who didn't? Is it for similar reasons that pretty much every large society has been patriarchal? I find these kind of questions interesting and perhaps if they could be answered it would help us know how to create an actual equal society. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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