Re: Matriarchy - Female dominated cultures

John Pettit (
Mon, 06 Nov 1995 15:23:11 -0800

In article <>,
(Jason Quinlan) wrote:

> In article <>,
> (Julie Locascio) wrote:
> > >I'm looking for info on any cultures which have demonstrable equity in
> > >gender roles or where females occupy the higher status positions.
> >
> >
> A great book that goes to the historical origins of cultures based on
> matrilineal kinship patterns is
> Merlin Stone's WHEN GOD WAS A WOMAN.
> It is very thorough in gathering evidence and putting it into context
> with today's patriarchal dominance. Quite enlightening.
You may want to look at Navajo culture. Women tend to have a great deal
of "power", however there are no matriarchal societies or culturals that
exist or that have ever existed. Matrilineal and matrilateral, yes,
matriarchal, no. Look into Universal/Non-universal Feminst Theory as well.
Hope this helps.

John Pettit (home) (school)
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