Kings and Queens and Lords and Chiefs and Priests, etc,,,
Serfdom was a thing, and it was only in the last couple of centuries in the West that men were allowed SOME freedom from shackles of their overlords. The Magna Carta opened the door for this, and America was founded on such. The Founding Fathers used to be the property of the Royal Crown, afterall.
Humans are a social species, and the top of the heirarchy owns those below.
Granted, women, children, the weaker, invalids, the sick, etc, were always lower down, but adult males still belonged to their rulers.
The fact that to this day ALL people are still subservient to whatever goverment and adjucators of the law is a surviving aspect of this.
Also, let a man go out AS A MAN (not as a trans) wearing a dress, jewelry and makeup and hair coifed in some silly style and see how far he gets to go down the street.
Let him go throug divorce proceedings, as stated by Felter, and see how far he gets without getting locked up for contempt of court or even a mental institution.
Oppression is part of the human condition. To state it is only the privilege of only some segments is erroneous and missing the point. Equality is about EVERYBODY. Not just those who shed the biggest tears,,,