In my anthropology textbook, there's a chapter on gender and sex. It in, there was a little subsection titled "Subordinate Everywhere?" and it discusses the fact that, contrary to urban legens about Amazons, there has not been a single documented group of people in which women were the primary holders of political, social, and economic power.
I just.don't.get.it. I can hardly cope with the notion that, the world over, women are just powerless. I can't leave it at that. I am not emotinally and mentally capable of just accepting the reality of women's subordination. I have to believe that there is more to it. Women must have power. We must have just as power much as men, it must just be that we can't see it. Something about men must make it so that they are more public about their power, that they are explicit about their definition of power, so that we come to think it is the only kind of power. But they can't be right.
What would equality between men and woman look like? Why have men defined the way that we look at gender relationships? Do women have power in ways that men do not? Are we losing out when we approach gender equity by trying to secure the same rights as men, rather than using our unique kinds of power to gain control over our lives? Someone help me. Give me hope.