I once watched a documentary on Germaine
Greer and "The Female Eunuch" at
the beginning of the documentary she talked
about the history of oppression on women,
and seemed to be stating that ALL societies
throughout history repressed women. But
I know that there were some very ancient
societies where women were equal, and maybe
even more powerful than men, such as the
Celts, and the legendary Amazon women,
and the queen of Sheba was said to be a
queen of a matriarchal society.
Greer, along with many other sources of
information, don’t seem to acknowledge
this. it annoys me because the chauvinists
could just say that as there were no exceptions
to the rule that men are "superior" that
its just how things are meant to be. If
you try typing in matriarchal societies
in to Google, then all you get are websites
saying that it was an idea that was never
put in to practice, but it doesn't seem
to be that way for me. So why wont people
talk about these societies?
I think that Native American and other
indigenous communities have more equitable
roots that more recent cultures. These
aren't matriarchal per se— but they
were developed in a very organic way and
one that prioritized all members of that
community and simply prioritized equality.
The problem with some matriarchal cultures
is that they aren't any better than patriarchal
cultures — as in one group is afforded
more power and one less — so I don't
think that they are entirely the solution.
However, it's also true that matriarchal
cultures are definitely more equitable.
There are a few books that promote these
cultures — one by Ann Jones on the
Lovedu. I would also check out the work
of Sally Roesch Wagner who talks about
Native American equality.