I enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I do have to say that you all have points that I can agree with. I attended the Women's Leadership Conference on Sat. which is why I have not posted, as I also presented on bell hooks. Anyway, the speaker was Sally Roesh (sp) Wagner. She wrote the article that Meghan is talking about. She was the key note speaker at the conference and just said pretty much the same thing that the article said. Native American women had more freedom over the democratic process and over their own bodies than Western women did at the time that Dr. Wagner was speaking about. I stayed later to ask Dr. Wagner if more Native American tribes had this power system. She said that she is finding out that more and more tribes did have a matriarchal society. But she didn't have hard proof.
I'm with Hildreath, though on the brutality of the intertribal wars. I'm sure horrible things had to go on when there were wars between the tribes. But I would like to say that wars usually are fought when something is at stake or someone's power or territory has been usurped. I think that it is funny how as human we stake claim on "things" and these "things" give us power and cause us to go to war with each other.
I also agree with what you guys have said about religion. Christianity has placed man at the center -- God making him in his image and then making woman from man. So man was made from God and then woman made from man... there starts the system in place that has kept women in "line" so to speak. We become the "Other" because we are not the subject, man who is closer to God, is the subject. According to Christianity anyway. Not sure about how other religions see women. I do know that in some forms of Buddhism, women can obtain enlightenment but it is a harder path and the way I understand it some do not feel that women can obtain enlightenment unless they come back as a man.
I feel that the concept of "other" has lots to do with property. Dr. Wagner was taking about how women were considered their husband's property. Just like we have talked about in class, that was the case for Simone. People go to war b/c their property is being threatened. This property could be physical or imagined (I would venture to say that all this property we fight over is imagined, we really don't own anything).
Hope this contributes some. Please forgive the spelling.
I'll keep checking to see if anyone has responded, if not I'll see you guys on Wed and look forward to good conversation!!![/code]