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Gynarchy

Pronunciation: JIN-nahr-kee

Definition: government by women, over women or men.

Origin

This amazingly feminine noun is dated back to the 1570’s and stems from the Greek compound of gyn meaning women and archy meaning to rule.

According to many etymologists, the English word ‘queen’ also stems from the Greek gyn, via the Old English cwen.

Why this word?

On many occasions I find myself thinking that gynarchy could very much be the solution to this world’s problems; on other occasions, the mere imagination of gynarchy raises a little laugh to my politically-dispersed face.

While writing this post, I came across Gynarchy International, a publication that advocates a female supremacist society ruled by Amaznoian Lesbians… This forum, that looks very weird at best or like a weird joke at worst, is actually a completely serious community of people, men included. Check it out if you’re interested!

What do you think, are we ready for gynarchy? Or democratic gynarchy?

How to use the word gynarchy?

Gynarchy is a noun representing a feminine rule or government.

While most feminists only seek equation, some take it a step further and look for actual gynarchy“.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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