Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?

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Chris Knight

Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 18:45

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.

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Jack And The Beanstalk: Its Place In World Mythology
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Jack and the Beanstalk has its roots in a Cornish male initiation ritual, echoes of which can be found throughout the world.