Closing the Gap

Exploring the History of Gender Relations

Allerd Stikker

Closing the Gap
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Allerd Stikker

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302 pages | 7-1/2 x 8-3/4 | © 2002
Cloth $13.50 ISBN: 9789053565742 Published September 2002 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Today’s patriarchal societies have their roots in antiquity, a time when matrilineal societies gradually gave way to ancient civilizations in which men were granted more and more importance and power—and women were made not only subordinate, but also gradually separated from realms of the "male." In Closing the Gap,, Allerd Stikker argues that the male/female duality we still perceive has resulted in a loss of coherence and integrity for all people—and that only the unity and interdependence of the sexes can preserve a sustainable human society on our planet.
I. Introduction
II. Sexes: An Innovation in Evolution
III. Our Family Tree
IV. Major Trends between 35000 BCE and 500 CE
V. From One Goddess to One God
VI. Machos from the North
VII. Creation Stories
VIII. From China: A Different Story
IX. Ups and Downs in Greece
X. The Secret Words of Jesus
XI. Misogynic Church Fathers
XII. Middle Ages and Middle Classes
XIII. Confusion in the Renaissance
XIV. Enlightenment: For Men Only
XV. Revolutions Coincide: Women Arise
XVI. Nineteenth Century: The Woman Question
XVII. Waves and Wars
XVIII. The Stereotype Trap
XIX. Glass Ceilings and Walls
XX. The Global Scene
XXI. In Conclusion
XXII. Epilogue: A Balancing Act
Illustration Acknowledgements
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