Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man

By Katherine K. Young

To set the level, the authors speak about hugely renowned books - Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Riane Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade - either one of which depend upon a feminist conspiracy concept of historical past. They then exhibit how a few goddess feminists and their educational supporters have became what Christians understand because the Fall of guy into the autumn of guys. initially, in response to 3 "documentary" motion pictures, our ancestors lived in an egalitarian paradise lower than the aegis of a benevolent nice goddess. yet males both rebelled or invaded, exchanging the goddess with gods and constructing patriarchies that experience oppressed girls ever on the grounds that. in spite of everything, notwithstanding, girls will fix the goddess and hence paradise in addition. The booklet concludes with numerous case reports of recent goddess faith and its results on mainstream faith. younger and Nathanson exhibit that we will be able to flow past not just either gynocentrism and androcentrism but in addition either misandry and misogyny.

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The witch hunts, briefly, have been a part of a miles greater phenomenon. They represented one form of persecution. such a lot sufferers of the witch hunts particularly have been girls. yet so much sufferers of persecution as a rule weren't. to appreciate the witch craze, it truly is real, it's important to appreciate the explicit ways that humans perceived ladies. unfavorable perceptions blotted out optimistic ones. yet to appreciate the bigger persecution craze, it's important to appreciate furthermore the categorical – and virtually exact – ways that humans perceived different teams.

Whilst cultures conflict, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the heritage books – books which glorify their very own reason and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon as soon as stated, ‘What is heritage yet a myth agreed upon? ... by means of its very nature, heritage is often a one-sided account. ”24 Postmodernist ancient relativism sounds very ironic in a publication that glorifies those that think that their very own model of background is absolute fact. It sounds very tense, furthermore, in view of the truth that Nazi warfare criminals used an analogous argument to guard themselves at Nuremberg.

Their strength used to be declining, it really is precise, yet so used to be that of the various gods. Spreading speedily in the course of the empire, notwithstanding, have been a number of “mystery religions. ” those integrated the Eleusinian mysteries (based at the delusion of 2 goddesses, Demeter and Persephone); the mysteries of Isis and Osiris, Cybele and Attis, Aphrodite and Adonis (based at the fantasy, in every one case, of a fertility goddess coupling with a god); and the Orphic mysteries (based at the delusion of a fertility goddess who needs to dwell within the underworld, briefly, as a result of stupidity of a god).

She admits that a few feminists criticize Vandana Shiva’s model of ecofeminism,78 to make certain, yet she provides that they accomplish that simply because Shiva’s conception is just too Hindu (and hence misogynistic);79 she says not anything approximately it being too misandric. She applauds Catherine Keller’s thought, first promulgated in From a damaged Web,80 that maleness is innately not as good as femaleness, and she or he continues to be untroubled by way of its noticeable misandry. in accordance with Ruether herself, Keller “identified a dualism of 2 sorts of self, the male self whose target is separation and autonomy and the feminine self or particularly no-self, which either helps and serves because the scapegoat for the separative male self.

And in the event that they had now not been so egalitarian, if girls had ruled, why argue that their significance elevated? Neither Gimbutas nor Lerner gives you us with sufficient solutions to those questions. From the point of view of Lerner, Gimbutas, and Eisler, the primacy of girls was once as a result of matrilineality. yet any particular proof of that during Neolithic faith, together with its myths and rituals, must come from later texts. in the end, nobody recorded the meanings hooked up to artifacts from these preliterate societies.

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