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    By Riane Eisler                                                                                                        

    Pg 169
    “In terms of our modern ideological system, feminism may be seen
    as a powerful attractor.  While still on the system’s periphery, during
    the nineteenth and twentieth centuries feminism has acted a s a
    periodic attractor, guiding intellectual movement toward a worldview
    in which women and femininity are no longer devalued.  But in our
    time of growing systems disequilibrium, feminism could become the
    nucleus for a new, fully integrated gylanic ideology.  Incorporating
    the humanistic elements of both our religious and our secular
    ideologies, this modern gylanic worldview would at long last provide
    the internally consistent, overarching ideology required to replace
    a dominator with a partnership society.”

    Pg 169
    “Only feminism offers the vision of a reordering of the most
    fundamental social institution: the family.  And only feminism makes
    the explicit systems connection between the male violence of rape
    and wife beating and the male violence of war.”

    Pg 168
    “Yet ironically, for the majority of those committed to ideals like
    progress, equality, and peace, the connection between “women’s
    issues” and the attainment of progressive goals remains invisible.  
    For liberals, socialists, communists, and others from middle to left,
    the liberation of women is a secondary or peripheral issue—to be
    addressed, if at all, after the “more important” problems facing our
    globe have been resolved.”

    Pg 166
    “This is that rightists—all the way from the American Right at the
    end of this century to the Action Francaise at its start—not only
    accept, but openly recognize the systems relationships between
    male dominance, warfare, and authoritarianism.”

    Pg 164  Andre says the fundamental wrong is the relationship
    between the 2 halves of humanity is, as Riane Eisler states “based
    on ranking rather than linking.”

    Pg 155
    “In the past, the pendulum has always swung back from peace to
    war.  Whenever more “feminine” values have risen for a time,
    threatening to transform the system, an aroused and fearful
    adrocracy has thrust us back.  …Is there really no way out of
    another—now, nuclear—war?  Is this to be the end for the cultural
    evolution that began with such hope in the age of the Goddess,
    when the life-giving Chalice was still supreme?  Or are we now
    close enough to gaining our freedom to avert that end?

    Pg 154  WHOLE PAGE
    “…once the function of male violence against women is perceived,
    it is not hard to see how men who are taught they must dominate the half of humanity that
    is not as physically strong as they are will also think it their “manly” duty to conquer
    weaker men and nations.”

    Pg 153
    “…throughout recorded history the adrocratic system’s first line of “defense” has been the
    reassertion of male control.  Even more precisely, we have seen that a regression toward
    more suppression of women is an early predictor that a generally repressive and bloody
    period of history is setting in.  As the research of McClelland, Roszak, and Winter so
    vividly documents, what this all points to is the grim conclusion that unless the systems
    relationship between the suppression of women and of affiliative and caring values is
    finally addressed, we are inevitably moving toward another period of massive bloodletting
    through war.”

    Pg 152
    “Despite some periodic weakening in the androcratic infrastructure during periods of
    gylanic ascendance, until very recent times the subordinate status of women has
    remained substantially unchanged.  Correspondingly, so also has the subordinate status
    of values like affiliation, caring, and nonviolence, stereotypically associated with women.”

    Pg 150
    “For it is the new feminist scholarship that we begin to see the reason behind something
    the French philosopher Charles Fourier observed over a century ago: the degree of
    emancipation of women is an index of the degree of a society’s emancipation.”

    Pg 149
    “For not being socialized to be tough, aggressive, and conquest-oriented, women in their
    lives, actions, and ideas have characteristically been “softer,” that is, less violent and
    more compassionate and caring.”

    Pg 148
    “From the perspective of the cultural transformation theory we have been developing, it is
    hardly surprising to find a correlation between the status of women and whether a society
    is peaceful or warlike, concerned with people’s welfare or indifferent to social equity, and
    generally hierarchical or equalitarian.”

    Pg 147
    “We can also glimpse how beneath the seemingly inexplicable shifts that punctuate
    recorded history lies the basic resistance to our cultural evolution: a social system in
    which the female half of humanity is dominated and repressed.”

    Pg 145
    “Probing beneath the surface of all their national and ideological differences, Roszak
    showed an underlying commonality among the men who at the turn of this century—and
    throughtout history—plunged the world into war.”

    Pg 143  Speaking of the revival of misogynist dogmas and that standards of behavior are
    declining and the reimposition of “father-identified values must be accomplished at all
    costs, “it is an early warning signal that a more repressive and bloody period of
    androcratic regression is about to set in.”

    Pg 143  
    Referring to  psychologist David Winter, Eisler states, “Winter confirms that in systems
    terms male dominance is inextricably interrelated with the male violence of warfare.  

    Pg 141
    Witches – Church sanctioned repression

    Pg 138
    “However, in conventional male-centered histories there is characteristically no mention of
    the powerful alternation between periods of gylanic ascendancy and androcratic
    regression.  To understand this cyclical alternation—now critical because one more shift
    from peace to war could be our last—we must therefore turn to the works of
    unconventional historians.  One such historian is Henry Adams.  …If we look beneath the
    surface of Adams’s work, we find recognition of a powerful and traditionally ignored
    “feminine” force in history.   Adams asserted that “without understanding movement of
    sex” history is “mere pedantry.”  He criticized American history for mentioning “hardly the
    name of a woman” and British history for handling women “as timidly as though they were
    a new and undescribed species.”

    Pg 136 Speaking of societal transformation “attractors” (Prigogine and Stengers)
    “But if these “innovators” multiply fast enough, the whole system may adopt a new mode
    of functioning.  In other words, if the fluctuations exceed what Prigogine and Stenger call a
    “nucleation threshold, “they will “spread to the whole system.”  As these initially small
    fluctuations are amplified, critical “bifurcation points,” in effect, paths to possible systems
    transformation, open up.  When these bifurcation points are reached, “deterministic
    description breaks down,” and which “branch” of “future” will be chosen can no longer be

    Pg 131
    “…something went terribly wrong with Christianity’s original gospel of love.  How otherwise
    could such a gospel be used to justify all the torture, conquest, and bloodletting carried
    out by devout Christians against others, and against one another, that makes up so much
    of our Western history?

    Pg 124
    “Jesus’ recognition that our spiritual evolution has been stunted by a way of structuring
    human relation based on violence-backed rankings could have led to a fundamental
    social transformation.”  (but adrocracy was too strong)

    Pg 118
    “Men prove they are right by their armed might”

    Pg 116
    “Conventional historians have, accordingly, consistently ignored the activities of women
    working for a just and humane society.  But in fact after fact now being uncovered, our
    lost history shows these activities of women to be extremely significant.  For…they show
    that in Greece, and elsewhere, given even half a chance, women actively worked to make
    “feminine” values such as peace and creativity operational social priorities.”

    PG 104
    “The old love for life and nature and the old ways of sharing rather than taking away, of
    caring for rather than oppressing, and the view of power as responsibility rather than
    domination did not die out.  But, like women and qualities associated with femininity, they
    were relegated to a secondary position.”

    Pg 100
    “…examples of biblical morality…” (were enforced because) “to meet the political and
    ideological requirement the social realities of the old order in which women were sexually,
    economically, and politically free agents, and in which the Goddess was the supreme
    deity, be fundamentally reversed.”

    Pg 99
    “…through the processes of systems replication now being uncovered by scientists like
    Vilmos Csanyi, millions of people still today seem incapable of perceiving what our sacred
    literature really says, and how it functions to maintain the boundaries that keep us
    imprisoned in a dominator society.”

    Pg 94  The Absence of the Goddess
    “For symbolically the absence of the Goddess from the officially sanctioned Holy
    Scriptures was the absence of a divine power to protect women and avenge the wrongs
    inflicted upon them by men.”

    Pg 92
    “…force and the threat of force determined who controlled the channels of economic

    Pg 91
    “Crete had stressed public works and a good standard of living for all.

    Pg 89   Reversals – deliberate
    “…blaming of woman for all the misfortunes of humanity were political expedients.”

    Pg 88
    “…under the old mythical and social reality (as was the case with the Pythoness of
    Greece and later the Sibyl of Rome) a woman as priestess was the vehicle for divine
    wisdom and revelation.  From the perspective of that earlier reality, the orders of the
    powerful upstart God Jehovah that Eve may not eat from a sacred tree (either of
    knowledge or divine wisdom or of life) would have been not only unnatural but
    sacrilegious.  Groves of sacred trees were an integral part of the old religion.  So were
    rites designed to induce in worshipers a consciousness receptive to the revelation of
    divine or mystical truths—rites in which women officiated as priestesses of the Goddess.
    So, in terms of the old reality, Jehovah had no right to give such orders.  But having been
    given them, neither Eve nor the serpent, as representatives of the Goddess, could be
    expected to obey.  It is essential that we clearly understand the social and ideological
    meaning of this important story in terms of its historical context.

    (Two main reasons – male dominancy had to prevail and women had to be undermined-
    stop the old type of thinking)

    Pg 83
    The replication of ideas, as Csanyi (Vilmos) point out, is essential first in forming and then
    in maintaining social systems.”

    Pg 75
    “The Old Society idea of the powers governing the universe as a giving and nurturing
    mother is also psychologically more reassuring—and socially less tension-and anxiety-
    producing—than the idea of punitive male deities, which still possesses much of our

    Pg 75  
    “…prehistoric partnership societies technological advances were used primarily to make
    life more pleasurable rather than to dominate and destroy.  …Earlier techonologically and
    socially less advanced partnership societies were more evolved than the high-technology
    societies of the present world, where millions of children are condemned to die of hunger
    each year while billions of dollars are poured into ever more sophisticated ways to kill.

    Pg 73
    “…under the new view of cultural evolution, male dominance, male violence, and
    authoritarianism are not inevitable, eternal givens.  And rather than being just a “utopian
    dream,” a more peaceful and equalitarian world is a real possibility for our future.”

    Pg 67  
    “Going all the way back to the time our ancestral primates first began to change into
    humans, scholars are beginning to reconstruct a far more balanced view of our
    evolution—one in which women, not just men, play central roles.  …the development of
    …the brain and its use to make tools…and process and share information was not the
    bonding between men required to kill.   Rather, it was the bonding between mothers and
    children that is obviously required if human offspring are to survive.  …primates, as well
    as the most primitive existing tribes, rely primarily on gathering rather than hunting.   …as
    Tanner (Nancy) writes of the still much earlier time that provided the foundation for the
    Old Society,… “woman the gatherer” rather than “man the hunter,” seems to have played
    a most critical role in the evolution  of our species.”

    Pg 53
    Power as the capacity to support and nurture life.”

    Pg 52  
    Chain reactions of  population shifts will be set in motion

    Pg 43
    “Symbolized by the feminine Chalice or source of life, the generative, nurturing, and
    creative powers of nature—not the powers to destroy—were… given highest

    Pg 27
    “…imagery reflects the markedly different attitudes prevailing in the Neolithic about the
    relationship between women and men—attitudes in which linking rather than ranking
    appears to have been predominant.  As Gimbutas (Marija – U of Calif. Archaeologist)
    writes, here “the world of myth was not polarized into female and male as it was among the
    Indo-Europeans and many other nomadic and pastoral peoples of the steppes.  Both
    principles were manifest side by side.  The male divinity in the shape of a young man or
    male animal appears to affirm and strengthen the forces of the creative and active
    female.  Neither is subordinated to the other: by complementing one another, their power
    is doubled.”

    Pg 13
    “…the most remarkable and though-provoking features of Old European society revealed
    by the archeological spade is its essentially peaceful character.  “Old Europeans never
    tried to live in inconvenient places such as high, steep hills, as did the later Indo-
    Europeans,” reports Gimbutas.”  “…archeological evidence indicates that male
    dominance was not the norm.  “A division of labor between the sexes is indicated, but not
    a superiority of either,” writes Gimbutas.

    Androcracy –
           Andros – man
           Kratos -  ruled (as in democratic)
           Gy or gyne – woman
    The letter “L”
           Linking of both halves of humanity
    Lyo – resolve
           Or set free


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