If you're going to CLAIM that 'the very basis of Western Civilitzation' is 'protecting women' then I think you're going to have to offer some supporting PROOF for this claim. Not to prove that claim, but an interesting, obversation along those lines. Being in my 20's and single, I know lots of single people, hundreds, both men and women. I notice that a large percentage of the single women I know do not feel safe living alone, no matter how good or nice a neighborhood they live in. They prefer having roommates. And, they feel safer around men (boyfriends, male relatives, or just guy-friends, doesn't matter), and don't like going out after dark alone. That's not to say they all have roomates, spend lots of time with men just to feel "safe", or that they never go out after dark alone, but it's a self admitted insecurity that women single women I know, even strong willed, proactive and successful women, have confessed to me. Now, I know very few men who feel this sort of insecurity. So, from this, I gather that it's not just men who feel the need to protect women, but a likewise desire of women to be protected on some subconscious (or conscious) level. If this is true, then shouldn't the idea of masculine "protection" be worth evaluating and not just disguarded as obsolete? There seems to be some natural ingrane psychology at work here.