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Riane Eisler

  • ... war and the 'war of the sexes' are neither divinely nor biologically ordained.

  • [On the ancient Venus figurines:] If the central religious figure was a woman giving birth and not, as in our time, a man dying on a cross, it would not be unreasonable to infer that life and the love of life — rather than death and the fear of death — were dominant in society as well as art.

  • ... there are only two basic ways of structuring the relations between the female and male halves of humanity. All societies are patterned on either a dominator model — in which human hierarchies are ultimately backed up by force or the threat of force — or a partnership model, with variations in between.

  • Religion supports and perpetuates the social organization it reflects.

  • Obviously there is pain in childbirth. But giving birth is also a moment of awe and wonder, a moment when the true miracle of aliveness, and of a woman's amazing part in that miracle, is suddenly experienced in every cell of one's body. It is in that sense truly an altered state of consciousness.

  • Can we really expect adequate funding for programs to clean up our environment and care for people's basic needs as long as the socially essential work of caretaking and cleaning is relegated to women for little or no pay?

  • ... to change our realities, we also have to change our myths. As history amply demonstrates, myths and realities go hand in hand.

  • The only life many of the leaders of the anti-family planning movement seem to care about — indeed obsess about — is life before birth and after death.

  • So many of the models of courage we've had, ones that are still taught to boys and girls, are about going out to slay the dragon, to kill. It's a courage that's born out of fear, anger, and hate. But there's this other kind of courage. It's the courage to risk your life, not in war, not in battle, not out of fear ... but out of love and a sense of injustice that has to be challenged. It takes far more courage to challenge unjust authority without violence than it takes to kill all the monsters in all the stories told to children about the meaning of bravery.

    • Riane Eisler,
    • in Katherine Martin, Women of Courage ()
  • At the core of every child is an intact human.

Riane Eisler, Austrian-born U.S. anthropologist, philosopher, social historian

(1931)

Full name: Riane Tennenhaus Eisler