Re: What Matriarchy? (was Drugs etc.)
Ashley Branchfeather (AshleyB@halcyon.com)
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 03:30:53 -0700
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com (Al
>Lisa L Guffy (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>: The point behind the matriarchal society is the MOTHERHOOD is revered
>: and mothers are looked to for guidance. As for the weapons, I
>: don't think weapons automatically means that you are top dog.
There's a big difference between 'rule' and 'looked to for guidance'.
Plenty of societies look to their elders of both sexes for guidance,
whereas matriarchy I think means 'rule'.
> You are incorrect. Strictly speaking, the point behind a matriarchal
>society is that the women rule. That is the meaning of the word.
Are you sure? 'matri-' means mother, not woman, and my dictionary
(Chambers) has 'government by a mother or by mothers'.