This lecture will discuss myths of matriarchy, which are found all over the world. Is there any truth in the idea that women once exercised political power over men? Many feminists have dismissed such stories as ideological narratives invented simply to justify men's rule. These scholars argue that biology prevents women from exercising real political power, that sexism prevails everywhere and that patriarchy has always existed. There will be discussion of the ethnographic, archaeological and genetic evidence for and against these ideas.
During his lecture, Chris Knight outlined the 'women's strike' theory, according to which all human language, morality and culture was born on the picket line. One aspect of the theory is that women once synchronised their menstrual cycles with one another, using the moon as a clock. This prompted a questioner from the floor to ask: 'What about women who do not menstruate'? This is how Chris Knight answered.
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