If there was ever a clash between what men wanted to do and women wanted to do, then the authority always resides with the men. In that sense, every single human society is patriarchal. By the way this not just some man saying this, if you take a book edited by two strong feminists called "Women, Culture and Society" in the 1980's and endless chapters by women anthropologists and everyone agrees there are no matriarchal societies.1
This strikes me as a very bold claim and as such, is it generally accepted within the peer-reviewed anthropological community that there are no matriarchal human societies either now or in the historical record? Conversely, is there any strong support from researchers of feminist theory to refute this claim?
- Note that the quote might be a bit off since there is no transcript for the podcast, and I believe the book is "Women, Culture and Society" edited by Michelle Rosaldo and Louise Lamphere.