ERIC Number: ED128292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
The Scholar and the Feminist III: The Search For Origins.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY., Barnard Coll.
The two conference papers in this publication examine the historical origins of the subordination of women to men. In the first paper, "Unraveling the Problem of Origins: An Anthropological Search for Feminist Theory," Rayna Reiter reviews what is known and what is not known at the present time and provides a feminist critique of the gaps in our knowledge left by a male-oriented tradition of learning. She points out that modern capitalist social organization clearly depends on the continuance of a certain kind of female subordination, but it cannot be seen as solely responsible for its origins. Although more research is required, Reiter emphasizes that there is already much evidence to suggest the ways in which the establishment of the gender hierarchy is linked to other forms of power structures and is an inherent part of their development. The paper by Elaine Pagels, "When Did Man Make God in His Image? A Case Study in Religion and Politics," shows in considerable detail how the process of establishing an orthodoxy in the early Christian Church, both in terms of correct theology and in terms of how the church hierarchy and membership are to be organized, is linked intimately to the process of taking away options for women. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Capitalism, Church Role, Females, Feminism, Power Structure, Research Needs, Sex Discrimination, Social Bias, Social History, Womens Studies
Women's Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 ($1.00 paper cover, 10 or more $0.75 each)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY., Barnard Coll.
Note: Papers from the Morning Session of a Conference of the Barnard College Women's Center (New York, New York, April 10, 1976)