From Domination to Partnership: a Planetary Ethic

November 6, 2020
In this Literary Hub podcast interview, Our Economics of Domination and Exploitation is Wrecking the Planet, Riane Eisler talks with Andrew Keen about domination economics and the exploitation of nature.

Riane Eisler: “So let’s talk about the soil now. We’ve been told the wrong story, a false story, about our cultural origins for millennia. We relate it more in a partnership way, and for a long period in our prehistory—I deal with that, as you know, in The Chalice and the Blade and Sacred Pleasure—as you said, the Earth was seen as a female deity from whose womb all of life and ensues, to whose womb all of life returns at death to be once again reborn. Sacred Pleasure deals with the old relationship between sexuality and spirituality from that perspective, because sex was a very important part of that ancient belief system. But it was a completely different way of looking at women and men. It was not a matriarchy. Think of our language: it only offers us matriarchy or patriarchy. Two sides of a domination coin. We only have the possibility to dominate or be dominated, no partnership possibility”.


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