Re: What Matriarchy? (was Drugs etc.)

sgf (
23 Jul 1996 20:15:34 GMT

In article <>,
Aaron Clausen <> wrote:

>Oi, where do you people come from? In most cultures (eastern and western),
>women were not considered of any great import. Look at the Greeks, women had
>one purpose, to conceive the next generation of greeks.

May I suggest Peggy Reeves Sanday's _Female dominance and male power: on
the origins of sexual inequality_ to you? While to our knowledge there have
been no societies in which women hold supreme political power, to suggest
that in *most* cultures worldwide women had almost no power is almost
laughable. As a general rule, the more complex the culture, the less
power women have (there are always exceptions, of course).


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