Knocking Down Straw Dolls: A Critique of Cynthia Eller's The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory

  title={Knocking Down Straw Dolls: A Critique of Cynthia Eller's The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory},
  author={Max Dash{\'u}},
  journal={Feminist Theology},
  pages={185 - 216}
  • Max Dashú
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • History
  • Feminist Theology
In the past thirty years an uproar has arisen over ideas that women once had power; that people traced their descent through the mother; that ancient religions embraced goddess veneration. Academia rejected these interpretations of history in the 1960s, and their massive comeback as a result of the women’s movement has caused an alarmed reaction. The straw doll of ‘matriarchy’ is again thrown up, its impossibly narrow definition shot down, and the matter is declared settled. Robert Schaeffer of… 

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