Jim DemonDeacon91, here’s a little bit more for your anthropological education:

To begin with, the archaeological data we now have indicate that in its general structure prepatriarchal society was, by any contemporary standard, remarkably equalitarian. In the second place, although in these societies descent appears to have been traced through the mother, and women as priestesses and heads of clans seem to have played leading roles in all aspects of life, there is little indication that the position of men in this social system was in any sense comparable to the subordination and suppression of women characteristic of the male-dominant system that replaced it.

Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade . HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

Patriarchy is only about 10K years old, 3% of human history. For 97% of human history, paternity was largely superfluous.

As for the relationship between men and women, it is true, as Mellaart points out, that the divine family of Catal Huyuk is represented “in order of importance as mother, daughter, son, and father,”26 and that this probably mirrored the human families of the city’s inhabitants, which were evidently matrilineal and matrilocal.

Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade . HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

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