Farrell, like the president of Iran, is a denier.
A good book on the history of sexism is The Chalice and The Blade. It's been debated, but it makes good points nonetheless.
In the past, there was a semblance of equality. When men started fighting over land, the soldier gained power and prestige. People started "worshipping" soldiers, war, the conquest of land. Valuing this "strength" left women inferior since they were not warriors. The value of childbirth receded as death rose.
The one poster said 'like in war, we just do what needs to be done." really? does rape need to be "done?" do you know about the serbian rape camps, the rape of nanking, the atrocity rapes in the congo? are soldiers just "doing what needs to be done?"
seems to me, the best opportunties for equality came when women and men worked together on farms. i think culture has to play a role too though, because women are now the main food producers in the world - and in many places where women are in agriculture they do not have equality. they work like dogs but rarely do they own the land or have power over the decisions regarding property rights.
farrelll is a quack in my book. he tries to minimize and deny away sexism.
i'm sorry but not owning land, being owned in harems & sexual slavery, not being able to vote, not being able to inherit property, not being able to own land, being beaten at home, being raped, being harassed, being stalked, being called names on the street, being paid less, being promoted less, not having representation, not having power, and so so many other things represent social injustice - call it sexism, misogyny, discrimination, etc. - but these "deniers" do nothing to progress. in social injustice, forgiveness of the offender (god forbid we ask that!), accountability and a willingness to go forward are necessary. Farrell does none of that. He denies and waters things down and turns to false equivalences. I'd suggest you turn to a more intelllectual book.