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Jun 23, 2000
This week's theme
Feminine and masculine forms of words

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caryatid
telamon
lamia
warlock
gynarchy
androcracy
nymphomania
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gynarchy

(JIN-ar-kee, JYE-nar-, gye-) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: Government by women.

From gyn- woman + -archy, rule, government.

Here are a few more terms synonymous with today's word: gynecocracy, its variant, gynocracy, and matriarchy.

"The exhibition 'Julia Margaret Cameron's Women' could be faulted for the exclusivity of its focus on the female sex. ... Including Cameron's patriarchs would only have brought the law of the father back into this photographic gynarchy."
Carol Armstrong; Julia Margaret Cameron's Women; Artforum; Mar 1999.

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