Pulling The Thread with Elise Loehnen

Where Did the Patriarchy Come From? (Riane Eisler, PhD)

Where Did the Patriarchy Come From? (Riane Eisler, PhD)

Pulling The Thread with Elise Loehnen - October 28, 2021 - 53:11

Our guest today is Dr. Riane Eisler, social systems scientist, cultural historian, futurist, attorney and internationally bestselling author of many notable classics, including Sacred Pleasure and The Chalice and the Blade, which I read recently and LOVED—while it came out in the ‘80s, it is incredibly prescient—prophetic really—and more relevant than ever. In it, and all of her books, Riane explores the ways in which hierarchies of dominance—which are NOT our natural state—inform how we live now. “What we’ve been told is simply a false story of our past, of our present, and most importantly today, the possibilities for our future,” she explains. Dr. Eisler joins me today to discuss her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future. In the book, Eisler implores us to awaken to the notion that injustice, inequality, violence, and domination do not tell the full story of human possibility. “We humans were really wired more for partnership than for domination,” she says. Guided by the ethos of partnership, Dr. Eisler’s work challenges each of us to play a role in the construction of a more equitable, more sustainable, and less violent world through investment in human infrastructure and a dedication to raising future generations by different scripts and constructs than those given to us. People’s minds can be changed, she reminds us, but a change in consciousness starts with the knowledge that there are different, better, possibilities. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Exploring caring economics, human infrastructure, and the alienation of caring labor (Approx. 5:09) The partnership model and the fight against sticky myths of domination (Approx. 11:00) Replumbing our dysfunctional operating system (Approx. 29:35) MORE FROM RIANE EISLER:Riane's WebsiteNurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and FutureThe Chalice & The Blade: Our History, Our FutureThe Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring EconomicsThe Power of Partnership: Sevens Relationships That Will Change Your LifeBreaking Out of the Domination Trance: Building Foundations for a Safe, Equitable, Caring WorldRIANE’S PICKS:My Octopus Teacher - Netflix, 2020Grandfather's Garden: Some Bedtime Stories for Little and Big Folk - David LoyeDIG DEEPERMore on Partnership Systems and the Partnerism MovementCourses in Partnership - Changing Our Story, Changing Our LivesSexual Dimorphism in European Upper Paleolithic Cave Art - Dean Snow, Society for American Archaeology, 2013 A World Without Women: The Christian Clerical Culture of Western Science - David Noble, 2013

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