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Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 974.  Monday, 27 December 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Martin Mueller <
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        Date:   Sunday, 26 Dec 93 14:08:02 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH.bitnet>
        Date:   Sunday, 26 Dec 1993 23:45:19 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
 
 
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From:           Martin Mueller <
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Date:           Sunday, 26 Dec 93 14:08:02 -0600
Subject: 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
 
"Most pre-Christian northern cultures, for example, have been matriarchies
(that's what a culture ruled by women is called)."  Is there any evidence that
this was so? The memories of matriarchy may have a lot more to do with the
ontogeny of little boys in patriarchal societies than with the record of
societies in which power was either equally shared or held predominantly by
women. There never have been such societies anywhere, and while the search of
equality of the sexes in a modern world is one of the highest goals, it cannot
look for support in the record of the past.
 
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From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH.bitnet>
Date:           Sunday, 26 Dec 1993 23:45:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0971  Re: Shakespearean Daughters and Patriarchy
 
To Joanne Merriam,
 
My information about patriarchies (and matriarchies), I admit, is second-hand,
but feminist historians and my wife tell me thmatriarchies (defined as as
cultudominated by female cultural values as well as female rulers) are purely
mythic, or, at least, they are not historically verifiable. All known cultures
are patriarchal, I'm told. Those Amazons never existed. Too bad.
 
Yours, Old Bill Godshalk
 

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