Some historians are now suggesting that matriarchal societies were super­ior because men and women worked more in partnership and that the society tended to be more peaceful.28 But that missed the point, the reason partnership models were developed in societies like Tahiti was not because the societies were patriarchal or matriarchal, but because they were un­threatened and self-sufficient.

Some historians are labeling these societies matriarchal because, for example, female gods were primary, not male gods. But male gods were the primary gods when protea ion was the primary need (the gods that proteaed were male, not female, because proteaion via killing was the male role). The sad part of this matriarchal labeling is that it makes male sacrifice look like male dominance and makes peace and partnership look like the responsibility’ of women rather than the outcome of adequate food and water and a good defease.