When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

For most of my life, I had believed that male supremacy was always the order of things, from the very beginning of time, and that everything we women would ever have would be because all the men got together and said “Okay. We agree that you can have birth control and that 70-cents-on-the-dollar job.” (Or whatever.) Of course, the idea that male supremacy was the only way things had ever been was most likely the result of a Christian education that taught me that the story of Adam and Eve, which gives a divine mandate for male supremacy, was a true story about the first two humans on earth. It’s only recently that I began to realize that, if Adam and Eve were the first two humans on earth, it sure is remarkable that they invented both language AND food production, all before they ever even had any children! (That’s a pretty productive first few years of life.) Of course, we have to ignore loads of archeological evidence to swallow that one whole. This book was fun because it helped me imagine the possibility that there could have been a different, non-patriarchal order for humans.

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