- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (May 4, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 015696158X
- ISBN-13: 978-0156961585
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Stone is IBM Professor of Marketing at SEMS and a leading expert on direct and relationship marketing, customer care, customer loyalty and customer information systems. He is a founder member of the Institute of Direct Marketing, a co-editor of the Journal of Financial Services Marketing and on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Database Marketing and the Journal of Interactive Marketing.
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I love religious history, because it restores my faith. In reality, that is.
I read this when it first came out in the 70s. I was already a feminist, & still am, but this was a bit of an exploration in another direction from 'equal pay' or 'take back the night' and other pressing contemporary women's concerns.
It was also one of the books that spurred my intense interest in cultural anthropology, women's history, and their place in religion (which was already of great interest).
You may not like her scholarship--it was, after all something like 40 years ago! We don't fault former scholars and paleontologists (pretty much all male, mind) ad hominum for their multitude of oops! moments and misinterpretations, so to do so for Stone seems almost to single her out for. . .gasp! thinking like a girl! Imagine.
And you may not like her premise nor her conclusion about the sort of society mom-goddesses produced. But there is no getting around the fact that women in ancient society were vastly under-studied, unknown, and ignored. This might have been the book that changed that.
If nothing else, it fostered an interest in and greater respect for ancient women, and called into question the findings and conclusions drawn by generations and generations of male archaeologists. Not to demonize those guys, but they were products a male-dominated academic system, in which everything from science to literature was dominated by men. A centuries-long +++ bias, of course. And pervasive bias should always be challenged by a bit of out-of-the-box musing.
Amusingly, some of Stone's seemingly unusual ideas have borne out in modern studies of what impact women-run organizations have on the tenor of business, and on why the Wild West was wild. . . and what calmed it down. DNA studies and sophisticated technology are fleshing out the picture. But Stone was one of the first to acknowledge it existed.
A wonderful book, highly recommended.
Now, on to its bibliography and deeper learning. Blessed be. Womyn.
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Yeppers, YHVH had a wife. In fact, a complete pantheon.
Them there male preists, they wanted total control.Read more