The violence done on the self esteem of women by the patriarchy is almost so universal it is often hard to grasp it’s full extent. It spreads from economics to political organizational to religion and philosophy…and the underpinnings of all of those and more.
As long as feminist women use “oppression heiarchies” as the model to understanding all this, we lose. As in total thermonuclear war, the answer is quite simple, the only way to win is not to play. Personally I feel it is no accident that history is barely taught today in our schools and ancient history, when covered, rewritten completely to serve the political agendas of the patriarchy.
The logic of men is domination, the logic of women is cooperation. This basic principle is clear throughout human history. In political terms male logic yields monarchies, theocracies, dog eat dog captialism. Female logic give us “socialized medicine”, the concept of the commons for communal raising and sharing of food resources, the idea that many hands make lighter labour. In theological terms male logic give us gods sitting in judgement and handing out vengence and punishment while female logic gives us universal divinity, Gaia, understanding of the interdependence of all life, ecology. Male logic gives us subdue the earth, rape it’s resources for our own immediate gain while women’s logic gives us the sense that we have an obligation to future generations and finite resources need to be preserved.
You can find male logic in a lot of women and female logic in a lot of men. The difference is in style and gross numbers.
To me, a wholistic feminism is one that rejects the entire patriarchal model for Goddess Consciousness which has been slowly reawakening for the past hundred plus years in waves. Socialism, the Suffragettes, the rise in Pagan religious models over Abrahamic ones, socialized medicine, social security, Medicare, foodstamps and Welfare, worker’s comp, green movement, ecology…..these are all reflections of a Goddess awareness, a spirit of charity and cooperation as opposed to the sink or swim, you got what you deserved, no illegal aliens, social darwinism.
It’s feminism on a total global basis. Can you be against socialized medicine and be a feminist? How can you embrace a religious model that promotes your own original sin for being born without a penis and be a feminist? How can you embrace politics that reject common humanity and the obligations not to mention promote the continued raping of the planet to the point it is in peril and still be a feminist?
Wholistic feminism transcends race, social status, physical bodies. It is an entire way of being and make no mistake, the patriarchy knows this even if we are slow to understand it ourselves. Think about it. Those “matriarchies” of the ancient world weren’t, they were equalitarian. It’s no accident that liberalism is called “effete”.
The women’s studies programs can take us only so far. The “schools” of feminism are being used to divide us. It is time to take a wholistic viewpoint, a global one of our feminism. It’s not part of our lives, it is our lives and that of our children and partners as well.