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By Andi Zeisler

Even if we adore to confess it, popular culture is a lens wherein we alternately view and form the realm round us. by way of feminism, popular culture aids us in translating feminist philosophies, concerns, and ideas into daily language, making them correct and relatable. In Feminism and dad Culture, writer and cofounder of Bitch journal Andi Zeisler lines the influence of feminism on popular culture (and vice versa) from the Nineteen Forties to the current and past. With a finished assessment of the intertwining dating among ladies and pa tradition, this e-book is a perfect creation to discussing feminism and way of life.

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As both Delaney (1986, 1991) and Coward (1983) illustrate, debates about conception have a privileged place in the history of anthropology. From the late-nineteenth century onwards, ‘accurate’ knowledge of physical paternity served as a primary measure of progress towards civilisation. According to the evolutionary view, the difference between barbarity and civility was precisely indexed by knowledge of ‘the facts of life’. As noted above, ‘correct’ knowledge of physical paternity was read as evidence of the triumph of intellect and reason over the hindrances of instinct, animality and savagery.

The premise of this formulation was Leach’s own dogmatic assertion that it was ‘highly improbable on common sense grounds that genuine “ignorance” of the basic facts of physiological paternity should anywhere be a cultural fact’ (1967:41, emphasis added). In defence of this assertion, he argued that there are only a very few groups who allegedly do not know the ‘facts of physiological paternity’; that these exceptional groups are not isolated from other peoples who ‘do know’ but are often in close contact with them; and that ‘human beings…have displayed a collective problem solving intelligence of an astoundingly high order’ and, everywhere ‘display an almost obsessional interest in matters of sex and kinship’ (1967:41).

In the matriarchal societies envisaged by Bachofen, the principles were the exact opposite of those arising with the triumph of ‘father-right’ in an epochal battle of the sexes, postulated as the origin of the modern social order. Under mother- right, the left hand had prominence over the right, the moon over the sun, the emotion over the intellect, and sentiment over reason. All of these features were seen to derive from women’s reproductive role in bearing and raising children, which caused her to be religiously-minded, sensuous and irrational.

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