Links to people mentioned during this episode:
Wicca for the Rest of Us - website written by historian Catherine Noble Bayer to debunk some of the myths that have grown around neo-paganism. Some other authors/historians who take issue with the theory of prehistoric matriarchy:
Journalist Rene Denfeld, author of "The New Victorians - A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order"
Cynthia Eller, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Religious Studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey, author of "The Myth of Prehistoric Matriarchy"
And links to authors who give the theory full backing. Please note that I have avoided mentioning any male authorities on the subject, although there are male advocates and critics of the matriarchy theory. I'm afraid I have seen too many instances where male writers have had their arguments dismissed on the basis that they are men and therefore natural defenders of patriarchy. So I thought I'd let the women fight it out alone. I hope these links will help you make up your own mind.
Stawhawk, women's activist and spiritual teacher, author of "The Spiral Dance"
Margot Adler, journalist and Wiccan priestess, author of "Drawing Down the Moon". Margot doesn't seem to have her own website, so I attach a link to her Wikipedia biography.
Barbara G. Walker, journalist and author of "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets". Again, Barbara did not have a personal website, and the Wikipedia biography didn't really have much information. It might be better to refer to the list of her publications and read one for a flavour of her writing.
Riane Eisler, attorney and author of "The Chalice and the Blade". Raine has moved on to many other projects, but there is a brief mention of her support for the ancient matriarchy on the link below.
And quite apart from the matriarchy debate, here are a few additional links:
The Guardian Hay Festival of Literature in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales
Simon Baron Cohen and his work with the Autism Research Centre based at Cambridge University
Carol Tavris, psychologist
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