Re: Swyers' questions on Power <long>

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 22:27:09 -0500

Holly, if you read the ethnographies of Colin Turnbull, Richard Lee and
others who have worked with gathering-hunting societies, you discov er
how these folks prevent anyone from having power over others. These
anthropologists term such societies "gentle people." Also, feminists who
talk about empowering women and minorities are not talking about
power over others. Taking Thornton up on his use of the word
"patriarchy," I tried to demonstrate that the U.S. was a patriarchy, since
here men control most of the institutions. Although I said nothing about
him personally, he answered hysterically that I was flaming him. When I
talked about the leaders of three religious groups, Protestantism,
Catholicism, Judaism, being mainly men, he then made reference to "Ruby's
rabbi." Do you really think he has answers for you? Ruby Rohrlich