I quoted from an internationally acclaimed and respected book that references the established work of other well-known scholars. Eisler traces the tension between these two models, starting in prehistory. It draws from many sources, including the study of myth and linguistics as well as archeological findings by the Indo-Europeanists J. P. Mallory[6] and Marija Gimbutas[7] and archeologists such as James Mellaart,[8] Alexander Marshack,[9] Andre Leroi-Gourhan,[10] and Nikolas Platon.[11]

Then I referenced another, unrelated anthropologist, Peter Grey, who in turn spoke of how all other anthropologists who had studied modern hunter-gather societies came to the same conclusions.

“One anthropologist after another has been amazed by the degree of equality, individual autonomy, indulgent treatment of children, cooperation, and sharing in the hunter-gatherer culture that he or she studied.”

Then an excerpt from my piece on the Woman of Willendorf which contains three separate citations in it, one of which is Grey’s article, but the other two are new.

“There is considerable archeological and anthropological evidence that early human cultures were goddess-worshipping. (2) This would make sense since Paleolithic cultures were largely egalitarian, and women’s ability to give birth makes for a natural equation with being the source of life. Reverence for ancestors was a common part of Paleolithic life also and so in their earliest incarnations, these statues may have been a depiction of a Clan Mother or Divine Ancesstress, someone even more personally powerful than later conceptions of a disembodied Goddess.”

The reference that is cited as (2) is an article from The Brooklyn Museum.

Then there are the two separate and distinct citations about Çatalhöyük that pretty much say all of the same things — quoting noted archeologists and anthropologists. Embedded in one of those is yet another citation to yet another article that confirms everything else. It is from Wikipedia and is in turn full of other supporting citations from archeologists and anthropologists.

So, I’ve cited from a wide variety of anthropologists — some of them contemporary and some of them earlier, but all noted experts in their fields, the Encyclopedia Britannica, heavily cited Wikipedia pages, and another scholarly article written by yet another independent source, an entire book by a noted and highly respected scientist that references hundreds of other scholarly papers, findings and works — and my research is garbage?

I think your brain has shut down from sheer cognitive dissonance!

Here’s a bit more about Eisler for future reference:

Riane Tennenhaus Eisler (born 22 July 1931) is a cultural historian, systems scientist, educator, attorney, speaker, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, literature, philosophy, art, economics, psychology, sociology, education, human rights, organizational development, political science, and healthcare.

To support the idea that neither men nor women dominated one another, Eisler cited archeological evidence from southeast Europe, especially Crete, drawing from the research of archaeologists Marija Gimbutas, James Mellaart, Nikolaos Platon, Vere Gordon Childe, and Nanno Marinatos.

Riane Eisler keynotes conferences worldwide, and is a consultant to business and government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. International venues have included the United Nations General Assembly, as well as Germany at the invitation of Prof. Rita Süssmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen International); Colombia, invited by the Mayor of Bogota; and the Czech Republic, invited by Václav Havel (President of the Czech Republic). She has spoken at important national venues, including the Congressional Briefing on “The Economic Return from Investing in Care Work and Early Childhood Education”[8] and the United States State Department.[9]

She was the only woman selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians for her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist.[16]

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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