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Controversies and taboos surrounding matriarchy

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This talk will explore both recent and classical debates on whether matriarchal societies once existed. In the late nineteenth century, most anthropologists believed that before the establishment of patriarchy, all societies everywhere were based on matriarchy or 'mother-right'. Throughout most of the twentieth century, hostility to this idea was so ferocious that the very topic was tabooed. Today, much evidence is suggesting that we need to lift this politically motivated taboo and discuss the topic rationally.

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