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Why Patriarchy? The Origins Of Gender Inequality
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 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 everywhere? If patriarchy eventually replaced matriarchy, what were the reasons for this change? Many feminists have dismissed matriarchy myths 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. Focusing on a myth from Aboriginal Australia, we will discuss the ethnographic, archaeological and genetic evidence for and against these ideas.
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