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The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth
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on October 23, 2003
This bizarre book makes wind claims about the existnece of peaceful, matriarchal societies which are entirely unsubstantiated, there is no evidence that there ever were any such societies, it is a totally improbable idea. The reasons why men are, and have been the dominant esex for most of human history are quite simple. they are bigger, stronger, faster, and they don't get pregnant. These are inbuilt biological advantages, bestowed by nature. Civilisation can correct them to a certain extent, but Sjoo and Mor don't seem mto like civilisation much either, too 'patriarchal' for them. they also make the same old mistake of assuming that because a society worhsipped goddesses, that made them matriarchial. This is rubbish, you only have to look at present-day goddess-worshipping societies to see what nonsense this is. Is India a matriarchal society? I don't think so. Nor is it true that all goddesses are associated with the moon, there are plenty of sun goddesses in world mythology, and moon gods. They seem to dissaprove of modern technology, but whom has it benefitted if not women, I should like to know. They'd rather have a society with a high rate of infant mortality and women dying in childbirth, would they? No plumbing, no electricity, no refrigeration, no washing machines etc. Sooner them than me. This book really is a load of complete twaddle. A woman-led society would be most unlikely to be peaceful, in any case, women who get into positions of power are generally as pushy and belligerent as any man can be. the fantasy that women are nicer than men is not shared by any woman who ever attended a girls-only school(me, for instance). Do not take any notice of this idiotic book.
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