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.
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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. Commentary on works[ edit ] In , H. Mencken wrote the following in his Treatise on the Gods : Primitive society, like many savage societies of our own time, was probably strictly matriarchal.
The mother was the head of the family. He was the man of the family, and to him the children yielded respect and obedience. Their father, at best, was simply a pleasant friend who fed them and played with them; at worst, he was an indecent loafer who sponged on the mother.
This matriarchal organisation of the primitive tribe, though it finds obvious evidential support in the habits of higher animals, has been questioned by many anthropologists, but of late one of them, Briffault, demonstrated its high probability in three immense volumes [The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions].
It is hard to escape the cogency of his arguments, for they are based upon an almost overwhelming accumulation of facts. They not only show that, in what we may plausibly assume about the institutions of early man and in what we know positively about the institutions of savages today, the concepts inseparable from a matriarchate colour every custom and every idea: they show also that those primeval concepts still condition our own ways of thinking and doing things, so that "the societal characters of the human mind" all seem to go back "to the functions of the female and not to those of the male.
The Mothers: the Matriarchal Theory of Social Origins
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. Mencken wrote the following in his Treatise on the Gods : Primitive society, like many savage societies of our own time, was probably strictly matriarchal. The mother was the head of the family.
The Mothers: The Matriarchal Theory of Social Origins