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 (gī′när′kē, jĭn′är′-)
n. pl. gy·nar·chies
Government by women.

gy·nar′chic adj.


(dʒaɪˈnɑːkɪk; ɡaɪ-)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to gynarchy or rule by women
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Her project seems to exemplify Emily Apter's description of the colonial harem as a site of feminine community: "Overriding the phallocentric symbolic of colonial mastery with a gynocentric symbolic that secretly invents its 'other' eroticisms from within, we may end with a revamping of the 'haremization effect,' such that it signifies gynarchic communitas" (220).
17 See Winfried Schleiner, "Divina virago: Queen Elizabeth as an Amazon." Also, Louis Adrian Montrose's "'Shaping Fantasies': Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture," argues that Queen Elizabeth I, as the gynarchic paragon of virginity and power, proves to be Britain's own complex configuration of the sublime and perhaps phallic mother figure (or Mater) of the growing Empire: "Elizabeth's self-mastery and mastery of others were enhanced by an elaboration of her maidenhood into a cult of virginity .