Overview[ edit ] Eisler highlights the tension between what she calls the dominator or domination model and the more naturally feminine partnership model. Eisler proposes tension between these two underlies the span of human cultural evolution. She traces this tension in Western culture from prehistory to the present. The book closes with two contrasting future scenarios.
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Donate Donations can be made through the Center for Partnership donate page, located here. Because of your support, programs such as our Caring Economy Campaign CEC , our Leadership and Learning online courses, and our Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence provide tools to change agents, policy makers, and people worldwide. Quotes Riane Eisler, Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body Candles, music, flowers, and wine — these we all know are the stuff of romance, of sex and of love.
But candles, flowers, music, and wine are also the stuff of religious ritual, of our most sacred rites. Why is there this striking, though seldom noted, commonality? A better future is possible — and is in fact firmly rooted in the haunting drama of what actually happened in our past. A partnership society offers us a viable alternative. We need an economic system that truly values the most important human work: the work of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and caring for nature.
The only solution is changing the economic system so it rewards the work only humans can do: caring for people and nature. This question has driven my research. Because this essential work is not socially supported, women worldwide are the poorest of the poor and the mass of the poor.
But what if we did? Would we see so much degradation and despoliation of people and nature, so much poverty and injustice, so much suffering and environmental destruction? Would the work of care continue to be devalued? Caring companies do better. Only an economy that values caring for people and nature can.
The Chalice & the Blade: Highlights of International Impact
Jul 28, Steve Cran rated it it was amazing During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place. The evidence is present not only in our technology but also of the presence of certain statues all over Europe. They are called Venus statues. They were misjudged at first and archaeologists thought they were used for lustful purposes.
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue)
Early life[ edit ] Eisler was born in Vienna , fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba as a small child, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from UCLA. Partnership and domination models[ edit ] Eisler proposes that new social paradigms are needed that transcend the limitations of conventional social categories such as religious vs. West, and pre-industrial vs. She notes that societies in all these categories have been repressive and violent, and that none answer the question of what kinds of institutions and beliefs support more equitable and peaceful relations.
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