Definitions

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  • n. A social system based on equality of men and women.

Etymologies

Coined by Riane Eisler in The Chalice and the Blade (1987) from Ancient Greek γυνή (gynē, "woman"), λύειν (lyein) or λύω (lyō, "to solve, resolve; to dissolve, set free"), and ἀνήρ (anēr, "man"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Minangkabau, the society recognized among anthropologists as the world's largest and most stable surviving matriarchy* (though some prefer to call it a gylany, matrix, matrifocal or matricentric society, or something else to avoid conjuring images of mythical Amazons).

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