Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?

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Chris Knight

Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 18:45

This lecture will discuss myths about a primordial matriarchy, stories which are found all over the world. Is there any truth in the idea that women once ruled the world? 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. We will discuss the ethnographic, archaeological and genetic evidence for and against these ideas.

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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