Starting this book was difficult. I wrote one beginning, then another and another. I knew I wanted to write about the social impact of differences between masculine and feminine attributes but the subject was complex and issues went off in all directions like fleas from a matchbox.
I discarded one after another inadequate attempt before I had the good fortune to find a book called The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler¹. [Note 1: The Chalice and the Blade] Its basic concept was similar to mine but her book was a work of enormous scope and impeccable research that mine would never be.
I unashamedly borrowed her approach while adapting some of the content to my own purposes. Gradually my own story emerged.
Not just a dream—towards a partnership society in Australia is my own creation although I owe Riane Eisler a significant debt for her vision, her extra-ordinary grasp of history and social change and also the effort it must have taken to write The Chalice and the Blade. I can whole-heartedly recommend it to everyone wanting to understand the way male and female differences have affected social history…….