@Apollo @Elvis There are meat dishes in Africa. But their staple is the tasteless boiled corn flour. If you take that away, there will be crisis and chaos. I believe something like that happened to humanity once stable, in-tribe, beta sex was cut off, by women gaining a right to sexual veto - more a historical than en evolutionary process. Class societies that ensued can be though of as operating in a state of emergency, with men being deprived of their most sought-after resource.
This viewpoint can shed light on many otherwise buffling social arrangements.
@Apollo Spartan women could own property, could generally do as they pleased, while men were out at war, and of course the more upper class women didn't have to work at all.
"So crass was the contrast between the “Spartan” life of men and the luxurious ways of women that Aristotle blamed it for the city’s decline." - Martin Can Creveld, The Privileged Sex, check it out.
@tchower yup. Women were too powerful in Sparta, hence the brutality vs men. The perils of Traditionalism. Aristotle believed that female empowerment in Sparta was the cause of its demise.
Athens did a much better job in keeping women in check.