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I couldn't love this more. This makes me want to do a second degree in gender studies. Brilliant. No notes. Thank you Liz!

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Liz Plank

I remember learning in a college anthropology class about a small matriarchal tribe where they found there had never been any cases of postpartum depression and it was because of the community that surrounded and supported mothers due to the matriarchy, suggesting it’s not hormonal as much as a consequence of patriarchy and lack of support. Stuck with me forever

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Aug 1, 2023Liked by Liz Plank

Beautifully written and thank you for verbalising what I've been thinking re- Barbie and it turning patriarchy on its head. Reading your piece has also made me think about Naomi Alderman's book The Power - which also showes a flipped patriarchy rather than the matrilineal society you describe.

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Aug 1, 2023Liked by Liz Plank

Brilliant. Makes me want to research matriarchy and related subjects more. Also, there is an engrained feeling, a subconscious knowledge that has always been there in me, that always made me reject patriarchy which is uncomfortable for me.

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Aug 1, 2023Liked by Liz Plank

Thank you for eloquently communicating what I believe many of us are feeling but don’t have the words to adequately convey to others. Keep shining your light on these topics - you’ve turned me into a gender studies fiend - I love reading your work!

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Aug 1, 2023Liked by Liz Plank

Brilliant. Thank you, Liz!

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The book The Island of Sea Women was the first book I read that had a matriarchal society. It was beautiful and everyone’s needs were met until the island was colonized. ❤️

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