Book Club - 5:00 p.m., Sunday|
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The book for the April 8th meeting is: The Chalice and the Blade, by Riane Eisler.
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RET's Skeptic Book Club meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Bookseller on Kingston Pike, a couple of blocks west of West Town.
More Info: Visit Riane Eisler's Partnership Way Site:
Riane Eisler is an Austrian born American scholar, writer, and social activist. Born in Vienna, her family fled from the Nazis to Cuba when she was a child; she later emigrated to the United States. She has degrees in sociology and law from the University of California. She is the author of many popular books and articles, and president of the Center for Partnership Studies. Eisler has been described as a cultural historian, an evolutionary theorist, and one of the most original thinkers of our time.
History as conventionally written has been literally the story of men. But if we re-examine our past, taking into account the whole of our history, a very different picture emerges.
People all over the world are today questioning matters that only a few generations ago were generally seen as "just the way things are." Everything, from politics and economics to sexual and family relations, is being re-evaluated. People are even reexamining the roles and relations of the female and male halves ofhumanity. And when people ask, "what does it mean to be a woman?" and "what does it mean to be a man?" They put at issue the most fundamental assumptions about our species and its future.
This questioning of "givens" -- particularly the stereotypical roles and relations of women and men--is not accidental. It is symptomatic of what systems theorists call a period of social disequilibrium a time when fundamental or transformational systems change can occur.
But transformation from what to what? What kind of a social system are we moving toward? What kind of system are we struggling to leave behind? And how does today's struggle over gender roles and relations relate to all this?
Posted by pking
Apr. 06, 2007