matriarchate


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ma·tri·ar·chate

 (mā′trē-är′kĭt, -kāt′)

matriarchate

(ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt; -keɪt)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) rare a family or people under female domination or government

ma•tri•ar•chy

(ˈmeɪ triˌɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
1. a family, society, or state governed by women.
2. a form of social organization in which the mother is head of the family and descent is reckoned in the female line.

matriarchate

1. a matriarchal form of government.
2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. — matriarchic, adj.
See also: Women
1. a matriarchal form of government.
2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. — matriarchic, adj.
See also: Society
1. a matriarchal form of government.
2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. — matriarchic, adj.
See also: Government
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matriarchate - a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female linematriarchate - a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
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And as for the female voice: first-wave feminism as epitomized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton contrasted a primordial matriarchate as a "golden age of peace and plenty" with a succeeding patriarchate as the "source of tyranny, wars and [all] social ills," while second-wave feminism, inspired by Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, combined the aforementioned "contempt" and "condemnation" of paternal dominance with the abandonment of an "essentialist" anthropology.
His next act of manslaughter will be met with the wrath of the Earth Goddess, suggesting a domineering matriarchate embedded within the surface patriarchate.
Seen from the perspective of the matriarchate, all marriage is an act of violence because it breaks in upon the closed circle of female unity, represented in the myth as the mother-daughter relationship and the all-female society of the girls picking flowers.
I gave a brief history of the marriage institution in all times and countries, of the matriarchate, when the mother was the head of the family and owned the property and children; of the patriarchate, when man reigned supreme and women were enslaved; of polyandry, polygamy, monogamy, and prostitution.
Tuangku Imam Bonjol ceased his attack on the matriarchate from a position of strength', bringing an end to 'a reformist war that probably would have permanently undermined the local matriarchate' (pp.
Covering the period from the late eighteenth century to the 1930s, Muslims and matriarchs examines how a matriarchate managed to survive in West Sumatra when elsewhere in Asia such systems were undermined by colonial and national state policies, and why the patriarchal-based Islamic ideology of Puritanism failed to make inroads into the matrilineal kinship of Minangkabau society during almost four decades of a bloody civil war (better known as the Padri War) in the region during the first half of the nineteenth century.