The Search for a Matriarchal Past
In thinking about the prehistoric past of women, we are so much locked into the explanatory androcentric system that the only alternate model that readily comes to mind is that of reversal. If not patriarchy, then there must have been matriarchy...
Abandoning the search for an empowering past — the search for matriarchy — is the first step in the right direction. The creation of compensatory myths of the distant past of women will not emancipate women in the present and the future.