I'd probably say that these origins lie with Plato. The Classical and Archaic Greeks were supposedly pretty patriarchal as well, generally you probably find more men on red or black figure vases, with an emphasis on the all male symposium (boys and men). But there were female gods in this culture such as Artemis, Athena, Hera and of course Aphrodite. And Andromache seemed to have quite an equal role with her husband in the Iliad even if she was Trojan rather than Greek. We also should not forget the sirens (or furies), or the Gorgons. There's some clues in ancient languages as well, with feminine endings adding to some confusion on the supposedly patriarchal Athenian society and belying an exclusively male history. And of course we have the legend of Amazon too long before there was a brutal male capitalist by the name of Jeff Bezos. But Plato suggested making women the bad character in religion that up until then had been very inclusive of goddesses. So I blame him (I like blaming Plato). That's my bite of that particular apple.
Detail of Artemis, Athena and the Moirae (Fates) from a painting depicting the procession of gods attending the wedding of Peleus and Thetis.
Athena was also very fond of her snakes, but she was a late convert. Earlier goddesses with snakes date to maybe 1700 BCE from memory, in Greece anyway*. They may have been a little older than that in Egypt or Mesopotamia. But we can only conjecture about 50k years ago, before agriculture, with Neanderthals still around and only just out of Africa for most of us. Well before the two civilisations just mentioned, the oldest ones on this planet. Both these civilisations date to as far back as 5,000 years BCE according to some but more likely they date somewhere between 2,500 and 4,000 years BCE with the majority of historians probably settling on between 3,000 and 4,000 BCE. But dating 'the Patriarchy' to before civilisation, whether 6,000 years old or 4,000 years old is nevertheless a bit of a stretch.
It could also be noted that civilisation does not seem to have done much for our brain size as they are smaller now than they were 10,000 years ago. Sometimes I get the suspicion that there is a correlation there between intellect and the loss of a few hundred ccs of brain matter. Self awareness is obviously still there, but agency maybe not.
So maybe some overreach going on below (Figure 3) as Lynn seems to be on to. I might have some more thoughts at some stage on this one.
00:00 hrs 4th August update: looks like the 50,000 has been changed to 5,000.
Figure 3: Renee, Charlie & Lynn
* Other small statues from this time indicate an emphasis on fertility and the feminine form.
Graham does quite a good rundown on what Jonathon/Jessica Yaniv is currently up to (just being his normal racist, misogynist self basically). Aotearoa please heed the warning.
I strongly feel that the enabling of this ideology is a reaction to climate change bought on by billionaire dollars. Not that such anti-democratic forces would not have had it in mind anyway but it's been bought forward in my view, which makes it weaker.
Anybody who wants to follow the war on women could do worse than signing up by email to Megan Murphy's Feminist Current mentioned by Graham in his own article.
After talking to my host and having my suspicions confirmed I’ve decided to make a few changes. The main part of this blog is going to migrate beyond NZ borders so that discussion of gender critical issues can be done without, or at least with less, fear of censorship. Greer, Dworkin & others writings along those lines are very topical right now and I/we have no wish to be shut down by increasingly authoritarian forces on this issue. But that's elsewhere (go looking). So this site will now concentrate on climate change issues although it will of necessity occasionally wander into political areas including gender critical themes. But it's not going to give any space for authoritarian chappies to report it.
This site has also been moved so that we can use writefreely as wordpress is part of that authoritarian crackdown.
So some old links won't work. Others I will attempt to fix in the next few days.
write.is is not as yet an open source host, but for now it is convenient. But the blog software is open source and if there were any problems we'd just move hosts. It interacts well with Mastodon which, although not perfect, is a kind of twitter alternative and opensource and distributed. This all means that it's all a little more resilient than wordpress on a host in a country that you're living in with a domain name that is subject to the local domain name registrar and a democracy that is under siege.
According to reddit there is a feminist attempt at writing some social media software by women (as in XX). If it comes to fruition and is suitable for us we may look at moving to that.
If you're of a similar mind and want to write about climate issues, please contact me* and we may be able to add you here.
* in your email program remove the XXX at the end of .co.nz
P.S. Rangi, you're on the wrong side