was trying to defend our sex
when I heard some of the typical
"Tell me in what society are
the women heads of the family?"
"Men will never let a women
become president in THIS lifetime"
"Just face it, there may be
many strong, independent, intelligent
women (and some are even leaders)
but men will always rule."
Also, is it true that there
is an opposite to polygamy --
that there are women with many
husbands anywhere in the world.
Please tell me this exists and
I can shut someone up. Thanks.
for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and,
yes, there are a few remaining
matriarchal cultures. For instance,
in South Africa there is the
Lovadu and in southern India--Kerala,
there is also a matriarchal
culture. I'm sure there are
others as well.
are also hints at a matriarchal
culture within more traditional
cultures. For instance, Native
American tribes present a more
eqalitarian way of life. And
in Ghana, the tribes are matriarchal
in terms of how lineage and
inheritance is passed down.
That said, however, these cultures
are by no means the "reverse"
of patriarchal cultures--meaning
that men have much more to gain
from matriarchal cultures than
women have to gain from patriarchal
for "women ruling"--if you look
around the world--women are/have
been rulers of other countries--Pakistan,
Israel, England... Also, remind
your friend that there was a
time when people said that women
wouldn't be professional athletes--now
we have the WNBA, Tennis players,
and we're on our way to having
a professional women's soccer
The opposite of polygamy is
polyandry, but it's not practiced,
so it's irrelevant.