@xerx's post about the unprovoked aggression of male monkeys towards females has led me to this article on Discover magazine, which has made some very important and interesting points about the importance of female alliances and bonds in protecting females against the aggression and sexual coercion of males.
which made me think of the numerous situations where I've seen women being envious of other women, viewing them as competition for resources and males (who literally gave little shit about them) and try to fight them off, belittle and disparage them, while the males followed the "bros before hoes" code and tried play these women against each other, laughing as they would fight among themselves and enervate each other.
what do you think of the gender relations from human purview?
"Decreasing women’s vulnerability to sexual coercion, then, may require fundamental changes in social alliances. Women gave voice to this essential truth with the slogan SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL--a reference to the importance of women’s ability to cooperate with unrelated women as if they were indeed sisters. However, among humans, the male-dominant social system derives support from political, economic, legal, and ideological institutions that other primates can’t even dream of. Freedom from male control--including male sexual coercion--therefore requires women to form alliances with one another (and with like-minded men) on a scale beyond that shown by nonhuman primates and humans in the past. Although knowledge of other primates can provide inspiration for this task, its achievement depends on the uniquely human ability to envision a future different from anything that has gone before."