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.
Following Chris Knight's lecture, a questioner from the floor asked about the relevance of hunter-gatherer studies to social life and politics today. In reply, Chris explained his view that egalitarian hunter-gatherers already live in the future, assuming that such a future exists.
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