Cynthia Eller's Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, PDF

By Cynthia Eller

Gentlemen and Amazons lines the nineteenth-century genesis and improvement of an enormous modern fable approximately human origins: that of an unique prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the highbrow background of the parable, which arose from male students who typically desired to vindicate the patriarchal relations version as a better degree of human improvement. Eller tells the tales those males advised, analyzes the gendered assumptions they made, and offers the mandatory context for realizing how feminists of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties embraced as old "fact" a discredited nineteenth-century idea.

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