BRIFFAULT THE MOTHERS PDF

He died in Hastings , Sussex, England on 11 December After her death in , he married Herma Hoyt — , an American writer and translator. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place. The matriarcal Theory of social origins, p21 It is a common argument used to demonstrate that in modern society, women tend to choose a sexual partner with the highest possible income. Actually, that sentence comes from the chapter Social relations among animals. Briffault never quoted it as a law, nor related directly to human behaviour.

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The First Sexual Revolution would come about after men became aware of this fact and let it go to their heads. Briffault was a brilliant and eccentric anthropologist who became convinced of this same idea and exhaustively documented the evidence he found for it, from all around the world and throughout history. Regardless of whether you consider this a pioneering work of brilliant insight or merely a curio of an era where much of science was still performed by talented amateurs, it remains a fascinating and provocative read.

When I looked for it about ten years ago, I found, to my dismay, that the library had disposed of it. Fortunately, a lot of the local academic libraries have it. This is another book I started about ten years ago, suspended reading a couple years later, only to resume it about three years ago.

This book is in an old style, so there are a lot of footnotes, and the sentences are long with lots I read the abridged version many years ago when the Brighton branch of the Boston Public Library had it.

This book is in an old style, so there are a lot of footnotes, and the sentences are long with lots of clauses. The polyamory crowd has apparently overlooked this book, maybe because they want to be a "modern" social phenomenon. There is a lot to say for the prevalence of liberty in sexual relations, and the consequent infanticides and terminations of pregnancy, and how people rarely connected it with marriage. Further, it was usually the women who did the choosing and initiated sexual relations.

I found this hard-going but there is an array of interesting chapters on how tribes around the world viewed the world, sex and gender relations. Even abridged it is still very long. Matriarchal elements of cultures and societies could come to the fore again in human history - Sprawling challenging book on matriarchal origins of civilization. Matriarchal elements of cultures and societies could come to the fore again in human history - who knows!

It might be a refreshing change from centuries of patriarchy!

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