I once started a topic about Why Women Need the Goddess. While that was about wanting to find confidence in the system as it stands for people, was a curious topic for discussion, the thread happened to get derailed or maybe it was relevant, turned to the talk of the role of Patriarchy and Matriarchy and consequently got locked for being a grudge match, a somewhat controversial thread. Had infpglobal still existed I might have transferred the conversations here. however as it stands I want to talk about the roles in society about feminism and masculinism in the context of matriarchy and patriarchy.
It may or may not ever be proven that Matriarchal societies exist but they have been written in Mythologies in various different cultures. One myth is from the Aegean culture, in this myth the Minoan Great Goddess was worshiped but in a society where men and women were no better than the other. Matriarchal studies have said that it is typical in that kind of society that the man and women have equality.
The Modern Goddess are too quick to assume that most cultures do worship a Mother Goddess and if they do then the culture must be Matriarchal. But there are some writers do believe that there have been traces that under the Olympian mythology there was a patriarchal society. One of the most famous legends of Matriarchy is the Amazon mythology. This was a place where there were only women and no men. This was the epitome of the Matriarchal society.
These warriors were all women and they answered to only women. They ran their on communities and fought their own battles, the legend goes that they had a disdain for men. There is an argument as to whether or not these women were real. Dominant women were a rarity at this time in history. Historian Ronald Hutton has believed that there is no real connection between the worship of female Goddess and the social equality of the sexes. Matriarchy would be hard to live under if the two sexes were equal.
Whether it is in Mythology or in modern day cultures, as much as there were a patriarchal society many believe that there was indeed a matriarchal society as well.Back in the old societies it was not to be that women would run the household and the have a place in society except being the wife of the man. Back when the societies were primitive, there were these rules that the patriarchal society had against the matriarchal society. Their rules were that they the patriarchs were against all women, against nature, animals and they were against the taboos about legitimate sex. The matriarchs fought back saying that men were not the rightful representatives of the planet and that they believed that Matriarchy should be restored and that in turn will bring bout happiness and peace to earth. They also thought that Matriarchy was the religion of what they called the feminine divine but the spirits can be either male or female. They believed that the men were the minorities in societies and that Satan controlled the minority of men and that the men were sent there to bring disaster to the world. The Matriarchal society believed that the patriarchs will bring violence such as murder, rape and discrimination and cruelty. They also believed that the patriarchs work through the government, religions and big business in order to ruin the planet. They believe patriarchy was a religion that was formed by men and they were aligning with the satanic forces. They also claim that Satan knew men were evil and that by placing them in power they could bring about the end of the matriarchs. They do believe that once Matriarchy is restored there will be peace and love spread around the world. Order will be restored and all will be right with the world.
What is Patriarchy
Is patriarchy in society a good or bad system?Patriarchy is best defined as control by men. The opposite is matriarchy which means women are in charge and the head of families.
Much of patriarchy also has its roots in Christianity. Religions which believe the Bible or other religious text often follow it faithfully by its every word which puts the men in charge. The Bible which most Christians live by states boldly that women should be submissive to men. With that in mind and those beliefs instilled in cultures, women don't stand a chance at gaining strength in their gender and its potential in our world.
Patriarchy is also found in family traditions like women taking the name of their husbands and children always carrying the father's last name. More women are choosing to keep their maiden names or hyphenate with their married name so they can retain their own identity. With reference of Mr. and Mrs. so-and-so, the man assumes the dominant role again and women lose.
Would a matriarchy in society be a better or worse system?
Would equality be the ideal goal between such systems?
Analysis, discussion welcome.