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    DescriptionAccording to the myth of matriarchal prehistory, men and women lived together peacefully before recorded history. Society was centered around women, with their mysterious life-giving powers, and they were honored as incarnations and priestesses of the Great Goddess. Then a transformation occurred, and men thereafter dominated society. Given the universality of patriarchy in recorded history, this vision is understandably appealing for many women. But does it have any basis in fact? And as a myth, does it work for the good of women? Cynthia Eller traces the emergence of the feminist matriarchal myth, explicates its functions, and examines the evidence for and against a matriarchal prehistory. Finally, she explains why this vision of peaceful, woman-centered prehistory is something feminists should be wary of.

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    The Myth of the Matriarchal Prehistory
    Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cynthia Eller
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780807067932
    ISBN 10: 0807067938

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    Edition statement
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    Beacon Press
    Imprint name
    Beacon Press
    Publication date
    13 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Author Information
    Cynthia Eller is the author of "Living in the Lap of the Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America, " a "Choice" Outstanding Academic Book of 1994, and of "Conscientious Objectors and the Second World War." She is assistant professor of women and religion at Montclair State University.
    Review quote
    "Passionately argued, engagingly written, this vital book is certain to inspire wide-and much-needed-debate." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[An] engaging critique of a popular but perhaps self-defeating belief." -Mark Odegard, Utne Reader "In unraveling the pretensions of matriarchalists, Eller seeks to show that wider matters are at stake. . . . Matriarchal myth, [she] argues, is actively harmful at worst and at best unnecessary." -Lawrence Osborne, Salon.com