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The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why An Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future
     

The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why An Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future

by Cynthia Eller
 

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ISBN-10: 0807067938

ISBN-13: 9780807067932

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Beacon Press

According to the myth of matriarchal prehistory, men and women lived together peacefully before recorded history. Society was centered around women, with their mysterious life-giving powers, and they were honored as incarnations and priestesses of the Great Goddess. Then a transformation occurred, and men thereafter dominated society.

Given the universality of

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According to the myth of matriarchal prehistory, men and women lived together peacefully before recorded history. Society was centered around women, with their mysterious life-giving powers, and they were honored as incarnations and priestesses of the Great Goddess. Then a transformation occurred, and men thereafter dominated society.

Given the universality of patriarchy in recorded history, this vision is understandably appealing for many women. But does it have any basis in fact? And as a myth, does it work for the good of women? Cynthia Eller traces the emergence of the feminist matriarchal myth, explicates its functions, and examines the evidence for and against a matriarchal prehistory. Finally, she explains why this vision of peaceful, woman-centered prehistory is something feminists should be wary of.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807067932
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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