What Might It Be Like To Live In A Matriarchal Society Of Peace? Can You Imagine? by Carol P. Christ

For conveneience, I’m reblogging Ms. Christ’s post. She mentions an interesting question, which she answers without meaning to answer it: if women should rebel against partiarchy because it is unjust, and matriarchy predates patriarchy, then what injustice prompted men’s rebellion against patriarchy.

Her blindness frightens me for my daughter and son. For purpose of debate, I will grant her premise, matriarchy predates patriarchy, then explain why matriarchy was overthrown, using her description of an ideal matriarchal society as the damning evidence for its flaws.

carol p. christ 2002 colorThere are many reasons for women, slaves, and the poor to rebel against domination and unjust authorities in patriarchal societies. But we should not assume that there are any reasons to rebel against domination where no domination exists or to rebel against unjust authority in societies where there are no unjust authorities.

In response to my recent series of blogs on patriarchy as a system of male dominance created at the intersection of the control of female sexuality, private property, and war (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I was asked if there is an injustice inherent in matriarchal societies that caused men to rebel and create patriarchy.

The assumption behind this question is that if women are dominated by men in patriarchal societies, then men must have been dominated by women pre-patriarchal societies. Lurking behind the question is the further assumption that there must haveā€¦

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