Matriarchy Now!

Post by Rose Bell

When a woman has a collapsing mother construct within her psyche and/or her culture, she is wobbly about her worth”  Clarissa Pinkola Estés 

‘Woman Who Run With The Wolves’.

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It can be easy to look at matriarchy and patriarchy as two opposing forces, as if it was either one or the other, but I realized that it was the force of this binary way-of-thinking that was giving my notion of ‘matriarchy’ its limited definition.

I understand now that it is possible to alter the way we view a matriarchy, and what it itself might look like in action.

“The soul of our politics is the commitment to ending domination.”
Bell Hooks, Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics


Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 15.09.09is a slogan to be constantly re-defined. It is both a call to arms for the future, and an acknowledgement that there is, and always has been, a matriarchy existing in any moment.

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Matriarchy Now! is about understanding and reaching the boundless potential of women: the matriarchy being a global collective of female togetherness, one that isn’t something that can be squished into the linear structures of mainstream society.

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Rose Bell is an artist, living and working in South East London. Her dog is called Clifford and she is heavily influenced and in awe of these people:

Rosalie Schweiker
Karen Green
Helene Cixous
Alice and Sheila Munro

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