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    Matriarchy and Patriarchy in Today's World

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    patriarchy is “a social phenomenon in which males have the privilege of dominance over females, both visibly and subliminally” (U.S. History in Context). On the contrary, a matriarchy is defined as “a political system in which women are the dominant political actors” (U.S. History in Context). In addition, when both of the words matriarchy and patriarchy are broken down to their root meaning, they illustrate their literal definition. The word “-Arch” translates to rule, while “matri-” and “patri-” translate

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    Women in Ancient Times: from Matriarchy to Patriarchy In addition to age, gender is one of the universal dimensions on which status differences are based. Unlike sex, which is a biological concept, gender is a social construct specifying the socially and culturally prescribed roles that men and women are to follow. Women have always had lower status than men, but the extent of the gap between the sexes varies across cultures and time. Images of women, mostly figurines of the same type as the "Venus"

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    The Church's Template

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    direct power in the outside world, but they were able to use their sphere of influence to leave their mark. The power that women in Italian Harlem have is given to them by the matriarchal society modeled by the church. “Italian Harlem was a private matriarchy. Married woman with children were the source of power and authority in the domus and in the intimate private matters of peoples lives; they were the hidden center of the domus-centered society, the fountainhead of the blood which bound together

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    One of Shakespeare’s biggest accomplishments was appealing to all audiences. In a time rigidly divided by classes and gender roles, Shakespeare was able to appeal to the wealthy, the poor, men, and women. By showing both sides of the story and leaving some room for the imagination, Shakespeare was able to poke fun at the flaws in many groups of people for the amusement of the audience without offending those he joked about. In his play The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare manipulates gender roles

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    Macdonald Cornford. The Republic of Plato. London: Oxford UP, 1945. Print. Seigle, Jessica. "Secrets of the Bonobo Sisterhood." Ms. Magazine (2005): n. pag. Liberty Media. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Shaitly, Shahesta. “Is China’s Mosuo Tribe the World’s Last Matriarchy? | Life and Style | The Observer.” Latest News, Comment and Reviews from the Guardian | Guardian.co.uk. N.p., 19 Dec. 2010. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. Siston, Alejo Josè G., Ph.D. Leadership, Character and Virtues from an Aristotelian Viewpoint. Web

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    Towards the end of 2011 it was announced that the human population had reached the milestone of 7 billion souls in which, approximately 52% were women, yet women are underrepresented in leadership positions. In the United States, men take the majority of political leadership positions despite the fact that women are the slight majority in the United States. The United States is considered by many as a country of equality and opportunity, yet America has yet to elect a female President. The idea

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    Respect Frees Women from Inequality In "Woman: Myth and Reality," Simone De Beauvoir describes the myth of the Eternal Feminine which creates inequality between men and women. In "The Four Idols," Francis Bacon uses the four idols of the tribe, the cave, the marketplace, and the theater to show how humans' understanding and intelligence hinders their knowledge of nature. In "The Origin of Civil Society," Jean-Jacques Rousseau concludes that the Social Contract benefits those who are not strong

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    Religion in Myths

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    Religion in Myths The reasoning behind this compassion of women is that the possess a fundamental religiosity and the cult of the female deity. It draws upon the idea of a earth mother that protects all humankind. The female was seen as loving and caring. The female instinct for protection is also seen in the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. The goddess Minerva intervenes in the conflict in a maternally manner to protect the younger male. Daedalus was a famous inventor from Athens who designed

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    “How could it feel so good when it should be disgusting and painful?” (Butler 75) These words spoken by Theodora, an elderly white woman, about her symbiotic and sometimes sexual relationship with Shori, a black “elfin little girl” (Butler 75), express the societal fear that Octavia Butler exposes in her characterization of Shori as a monster. Shori is a monster because her very existence is a testament to the blurring of historically concrete lines. She is androgynous, vampire and human, black and

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    great power and are able to use it to their advantage. However, they do not successfully change the structures of patriarchy. Their power is exacted from, derivative of and implicitly supportive of male dominance. While they possess the trappings of matriarchy, men still exert considerable power. The Fairchild women successfully usurp many of the benefits of patriarchy through a bartering of roles, chores and property which affords them autonomy if not genuine equality. If patriarchy is a prison, these

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