Larry Wall, as quoted in Re^7: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018, nailed it in two hammerings while it took me 20:
Perl has always considered itself primarily a programmer-centric language, while Python has always considered itself to be more institution-centric. So in a sense it's a bit dumbed down, much like Java. You'll note both of those languages make their greatest appeal to managers.
Of course what he says is not divine law. My very limited experience agrees though.