Annie, I stumbled on the book Crone when I was doing a writer’s retreat in Massachusetts a few years back. That book, although it was written by a very angry author (not without good reason, but still) led me to this one. I have found that what I feel and know instinctively has been validated over and over again. Too many men fear women (some for no reason, some for good reason) and when the advent of Patriarchal religions empowered the beast in men, in also empowered the worst in humanity. Hence we have industry being the new God, and the rape and pillage and desecration of our Mother as the new dogma. Not all men, and not all women. Not at all. However if you add Ismhael to your reading list- where the distinction made is between Taker and Leaver culturess (guess which one is now dominant) it will make further sense.