Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Mary Beth Williams (
22 Jul 1996 10:52:19 GMT

I've always found the discussion of *were there matriarchal societies*
to be loaded, a ruse for men to show just how superior all men, and
hence themselves, are and have always been, over women. Why do we not
focus instead on patriarchy? When did it develop? Under what
conditions? Where/are all societies patriarchal? A great deal of
interesting scholarly work has been done on the subject (namely by
women anthropologists) and yet we seldom see men even breaching the
subject. What (and WHO) defines *patriarchy* and why are we so
inclined to avoid discussing the subject?

MB Williams
Dept. of Anthro., UMass-Amherst