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    But I am only 50 so not that much younger. Women I work with, and my niece, basically the 24-35 crowd who do not have the same frame of reference look at feminism as a box. Something you are stuck in.

    Conservatives have been very successful in turning the language against us. The push that feminists are agitators, "politically correct," man-wanna-bes that have penis envy and hate being women has been nurtured by conservatives. They don't want change. If this was a matriarchal society conservatives would not want men to demand equal rights.

    It isn't that conservatives hate [although that is an outward manifestation of their feelings] it is that they are afraid. They fear change and uncertainty. They long for comfort and control.

    Robert Graves, who always has something interesting to say, had some great stuff from mythology about the outward expression of the change in ancient Greece from the matriarchal society to the patriarchal. The transition of Hera from earth mother to jealous and vindictive wife and the priestess from shaman to witch are two of the most striking examples.

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