20 – Audio Blog – Karen Garst – Matriarchy to Patriarchy to Equality

Audio Blog – Karen Garst – Matriarchy to Patriarchy to Equality

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham.

Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com. This podcast episode is the 4th in a series where Karen records the audio version of her blog articles. This blog is called Matriarchy to Patriarchy to Equality.

In this episode, Karen explains the more egalitarian or even matriarchal societies that existed in early human culture and the strong relationship they had to nature. When agriculture became more common, private property came into being which resulted in a more patriarchal society. As there was no separation of church and state as villages turned into cities, men were in control. Eventually monotheism based on one male god became the norm. Finally, Karen speaks to the need for more gender equality in today’s societies.

Karen’s book: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion

Karen’s blog www.faithlessfeminist.com

Original Blog Post: Matriarchy to Patriarchy to Equality 

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Music – Original Composition by Esther Nicholson

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson