Now that Eisler has provided a thorough reinterpretation and re-presentation of history, in the last four chapters of The Chalice and the Blade, she develops her theories and arguments about our current situation within the dominator model. What do you believe are the implications of her argument on the future of society?

The implications of Riane Eisler’s argument in The Chalice and the Blade on the future of society might be that gender continues to be overemphasized. One could argue that what’s needed isn’t more cis women in powerful positions but people of any gender who will implement actual partnership policies and systems.

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When considering the implications of Riane Eisler’s arguments on the future of society, it might be helpful to think about the period in which Eisler wrote The Blade and the Chalice. She first published the work in the 1980s. Back then, as Eisler’s work indicates, gender was widely perceived as binary. For many, there were two genders: male and female.

As gender has become increasingly viewed as nonbinary and as a social construct, the problem seems to be much more complicated than equality between people who identify as male and people who identify as female. In this sense, one might argue that Eisler’s argument doesn’t have much implication on the future (i.e., today). The ascension of cis women to powerful positions has not brought harmony and equality. While many powerful cis women (and cis men) adopt the rhetoric of partnership societies, their policies continually betray a dominator model.

However, perhaps the implications of Eisler’s argument can be assessed counterintuitively. In other words, Eisler might have incidentally stumbled upon the way in which gender would be overemphasized in the future to get around the fact that society continues to function in a dominator manner. The apportionment of cis women and people of historically marginalized genders to powerful positions is routinely presented as progressive and a step away from the dominator ethos. While the rhetoric and personal stories of these people might be in line with Eisler’s partnership society, their policies generally maintain the dominator system.

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