Friday, January 11, 2008

Has there ever been a true matriarchal culture?

For a while now sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and others have wrestled with a tricky question: If there's no built-in inequality between the sexes, as I'd hope most of us believe, why is it that in nearly all the societies on record the men seem to have been running things? In the ensuing effort to show that male domination of women isn't inevitable, many have looked hard for counterexamples, often coming up with results whether or not the available data complied.

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