“This inferiority is so obvious that no one can contest it for a moment; only its degree is worth discussion. …Without a doubt there exist some distinguished women … but they are as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as, for example, of a gorilla with two heads; consequently, we may neglect them entirely.”
– Gustave Le Bon, French thinker and Social Darwinist on women’s intellectual inferiority to men (Gould, 1981:104,105).
This is the final part in a three-part series on Patriarchy and the roots of women’s oppression. Part One can be read here, and Part Two here. Continue reading “Towards a Critical Theory of Patriarchy: Origins of Women’s Oppression – Part 3”
Means, Motive and Opportunity
Not the true parent is the woman’s womb
That bears the child; she doth but nurse the seed
New-sown: the male is parent;
And proof hereof before you will I set.
Birth may from fathers, without mothers, be:
See at your side a witness of the same,
Athena, daughter of Olympian Zeus,
Never within the darkness of the womb
– The Oresteia by Aeschylus, 408 BC
This is my contribution to the ongoing discussion on the Origins of Women’s Oppression and the developing “Critical Theory of Patriarchy” .
So all the research that I have been doing is regarding the origins of patriarchy and it’s rise and the roots of women’s oppression. Continue reading “Notes on Women’s Oppression and Critical Theory of Patriarchy”