The Importance Of Ridicule In An African Egalitarian Society

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Dasa Bombjakova

The Importance Of Ridicule In An African Egalitarian Society

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 18:45

In an egalitarian society, women's ridicule and derisive public laughter acts as a powerful leveling mechanism, puncturing the pretensions of men who try to throw their weight around.

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Chris Knight

Did Matriarchy Ever Exist?
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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.