This chapter examines the history of the prevailing value systems in Western culture. The dilemma posed for a variety of people by heteropatriarchy was explored as early as 1850 in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. The Scarlet Letter in which: The people in power in a state often resort to violence to maintain their position. He does not address the subject of women and some of his work is directly misogynist but feminist writers have found helpful concepts in his work. In his model these various others become 'subjugated ways' of knowing and the people practising them subjugated knowers. Matilda Joslyn Gage in 1893 ends her book Woman, Church and State: Yet it is possible to negotiate a flow between these value systems which are at present fractured and therefore in a twisted distorted form. The chapter presents a model of how certain ways of knowing have become subjugated by the power structures of Western society.