gynaecocracy


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gynaecocracy

(ˌdʒaɪnɪˈkɒkrəsɪ; ˌɡaɪ-) or

gynecocracy

n, pl -cies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by women or by a single woman. Also called: gynarchy
gynaecocratic, gynecocratic adj
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Hubbard (1991:184) calls the women's strategy 'a successful inversion of traditional social and sexual hierarchies', and Bowie (1993:178) 'the temporary imposition of a gynaecocracy on [...] Athens'.
While German philology had attempted to deny Sappho's sexuality, Johann Jakob Bachofen's influential work on gynaecocracy, Das Mutterrecht (1861), gave Sappho's love of women equal status to 'Greek love' or Knabenliebe.
Reading Das Mutter recht against the background described here, however, one sees clearly how Bachofen projected onto his imagined gynaecocracy the civilized patrician ideals which he thought were yielding to an undifferentiated and unreflective democracy.