This is a short story where women came from another planet in a stranded spaceship, killed the original Earth women, mated with the men and remained in control up to modern times. Men who discover this are quietly killed.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. Is this a short story? Novel? Film? Also, in roughly which year did you read/see this, and when do you think it might've been published/broadcast? Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 14:09
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    For now, I'm going to guess you meant "short story" rather than "short history," but please do correct me if I'm wrong. And even if I'm right, it would still be good to clarify when you read this and when you think it might've been published. Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 14:12
  • Guy Clara Diaz´ answer is the right one : the Misogynist by James Gunn Commented Oct 30, 2022 at 16:33
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This sounds a lot like The Misogynist, a short story by James Gunn, first published in Galaxy in 1952.

It deals with a chat between two men in a bar, the unnamed narrator and his friend Harry. Harry expounds his theory that women are actually aliens:

"Did you ever stop to think" Harry said, "about what strange creatures women really are?... It's not just a matter of superficial differences, you see. It's something fundamental. Women think differently, their methods are different, their goals are different. So different, in fact, that they are entirely incomprehensible."

"How did it all start?" Harry asked. "And when? If I knew these answers I would know everything. Did a race of mateless females descend upon the Earth when man was still almost a cave-dwelling animal? Or was it in historic times? My guess is they were dropped here by their men. Jettisoned. Dumped.

Harry goes on to explain what happens to men who discover the truth:

If my surmises are true, why has no one else discovered it? And the answer is – they have!"

"They have?" I repeated.

Harry nodded. "They would have to be done away with, of course.

some are sent to asylums, and other are quietly killed. A lady happens to overhear part of the conversation... and the next day Harry suffers a heart attack and dies. The narrator concludes by ruminating "Why, I asked myself one day, are there more widows than widowers?".

The full story is available at the Luminist archive.

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    Thanks so much Clara That is exactly the one I was trying to remember Commented Oct 30, 2022 at 16:30
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    Glad to help @AndresGoens ! Please remember to click on the check mark to "accept" my answer, so that people can see that the question has been answered. Commented Oct 30, 2022 at 16:32

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