Re: The Iroquois and the Early Radical Feminists

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Wed, 31 Jan 1996 12:31:46 -0500

On Wed, 31 Jan 1996, Seth D Messinger wrote:

> Despite the very interesting correlations between Iroquois and early
> radical feminist discourse these sorts of comparisons remind me of a
> Congressional declaration issued during the bicentennial of the
> Constitution that said that the Constitution was inspired by the
> Iroquois. I think a more likely version of history has the Constitution
> emerging out of the enlightenment tradition in Europe and feminism (and
> other sorts of liberating discourses common to the Western experience)
> also coming from that sort of tradition.
> None of this makes egalitarianism among the Iriqouis any less intersting.
> -- Seth
While the inspirational relationship between the Constituion and the League
remains problematical, Wagner does seem to be onto something. Lets not
split the discussion away from the issue. I would recommend that others
go out and read the Wagner article. Its only five pages, and there are
some interesting and provocative suggestions.