May 17, 2010
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Yes, after a lifetime of feminist consciousness (well since I was nine years old anyway) I was told the other day I am no longer a feminist because I reject the victimhood hierarchy that passes for feminism among so many younger feminists today. I was told this in no uncertain terms by a young lady on her blog who then proceeded to lecture me, apparently in total absence of any knowledge of my body of writing or my actual life, about the evils of the second wave feminists, gender as having any meaning and, as has become strangely common among some like her, my own relationship with Goddess Consciousness. Oh yes, I’m also an “ablist” too despite the fact I walk with a cane due to multiple back injuries and have chronic pain as a result.
What happened to Feminism? I will freely grant I am not a Feminist by her definition but not a Feminist? Hardly.
A brief history lesson might be in order. “First Wave Feminism” spanned almost a hundred years beginning with abolishing slavery as it’s first goal then suddenly expanded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the famous Seneca Falls conference where she proposed womans suffrage to the shock of almost all who attended. You might notice, because it is significant, that First Wavers were tied to what became the Civil Rights movement from it’s very beginnings. Stanton, basically a stay at home mom, and her close lifelong associate and friend, Susan B. Anthony spent the rest of their lives dedicated to womans suffrage and Stanton continued until her death to keep pushing the envelop on woman’s rights and sexual equality, so much so that in her last few years she was so far ahead of the curve the Movement denounced her. Women like Rebecca West and Alice Paul continued the fight using direct confrontation, picketing the White House and eventually hunger strikes when they were imprisoned. If these women were anything, it was not victims. And eventually they prevailed and won the right to vote for women. Frederick Douglass supported Stanton at Seneca Falls but later, when Black men were granted suffrage told the Suffragettes they had to wait their turn and denounced tying womans rights to voting rights for Black men. It’s history people, read about it because the history of the Movement reads better than any thriller ever penned.
So called Second Wave Feminism began in the late 1950′s as essentially a Housewive revolution and has morphed many times into goals and positions that are often contradictory as it moved through the sixties and seventies because it’s goal was less narrowly focused and much much wider in scope as a result. The basic goal? Full social, economic and educational equality of the sexes which we still have yet to achieve. Younger women don’t remember but most of my lifetime, even want ads in newspapers were divided by sex long after it was supposedly illegal to do so under Title VII rights. You had ads declaring they were from “equal opportunity employers” separated under “men” and “women”. What is frequently decried today as “Second Wavers” was hardly monolithic movement and never was. You had lesbian separatists, sex positive vs sex negative schools, liberated housewives, matriarchialists, andro positive and andro negative and the European school that preceeded it all by around twenty years or so that was just plain Espirt Feminique. In the early stages the main message to women was self empowerment and the European Second Wave was very much about celebration and restoration of women’s strengths as of equal importance to humanity.
What is being called Third Wave Feminism today is all about oppression with every fraction within jockeying for position as more oppressed than the other. This is the polar opposite of empowerment. This is the school the young lady who told me I am no longer a feminist belongs to. This is passing strange to me because it also, on a fundamental level, feels downright anti-feminist to me personally in that the focus is individual groups vying for position to advance individual “wrongs” based on dis-empowerment and completely at the cost of one of women’s greatest strengths, the ability to compromise and cooperate as a whole for the good of all. The young lady in question compared me to Sarah Palen and called me a fascist right winger which is ironic because I see true feminism as essentially socialist (in the communal as opposed to communism sense) in nature and my studies of ancient history seem to confirm that egalitarian societies always had a primary socialist organization by their very nature.
I fear we have lost an entire generation of potential feminists to the disempowerment of the oppression Olympics who have been seduced from goal by self indulgent whining and finger pointing at others while crying “me me me” rather than “we, we, we”. It is no accident that so called Third Wave Feminism began at the same time the “transgender” gender deconstructionist appeared and they are hopelessly entwined. The supreme irony being the entire goal apparently is erasing women and womanhood. Does it get more patriarchal than that? Also interesting is that they decry women of history defining “transsexuality” in it’s original sense and claim the right to expand it to include those who clearly do not have the medical birth condition the word refers to and yet they then turn right around and narrowly define feminism to exclude anyone who disagrees with their position. Their logic is so fuzzy one is at a loss how to point it out.
I remain a proud European school Second Wave Feminist who has dedicated the rest of her life to full economic and social parity with men and full valuation of so called “woman’s work” with male occupations. I am not a victim, I am woman, hear me roar.
Postscript: Susan’s Tranvestite Place linked to this blog and now a bunch of crossdressers are also engaging in revisionist history….way to prove my points. In response to my reply that they engage in wholesale censorship of ideas, it was denied by a moderator then I received a “warning” and the entire discussion was erased.
May 4, 2010
The Spiritual War of the Sexes
One of the lessons I learned from studying history is exactly how much of it is wrong because of cultural bias, a concept understood in cultural anthropology as ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism affects understanding so completely that even facts plainly staring you in the face can be ignored completely, something I’ve observed my entire life on an individual basis, that if something challenges the worldview you hold, most people are somehow capable of total blindness to that even when it’s right in front of their nose or happening right in their presence.
Bearing in mind what I said about thinking globally in part 1, let’s look at fetal development among mammals. Nature’s default is female meaning absent those factors needed to shift natal development to male, all mammals will develop into females in form regardless of genetics. I believe that is also true of human spiritual understanding and the human default understanding of spirituality is the concept of the Divine Feminine principles. It took a cataclysmic event to androgenize human civilizations throughout Europe and the Middle East, one every historian knows about but most universally ignore in importance. And yet the evidence of this stares every ancient historian in the face!
Everything anywhere near the Mediterranean changed in the course of two days, everything. It was the almost total destruction of the Minoan civilization by the explosion of Thera, the centre of that civilization. The Minoans were the last true expression of the Goddess Consciousness, the apex of ancient civilization, the “rulers” of the ancient world, not by military might but by economic cooperation. The explosion of Thera, one if not the most powerful volcanic eruptions in all recorded human history literally wiped everything in the eastern Mediterranean coasts off the face of the earth with the resulting tsunami in two days. The volcanic ashes covered the Middle East all the way to the Indus valley and changed the weather throughout the region for years. If you are a historian how can you ignore this in understanding the complete changes in the nature of civilizations that “just happened to occur” at this precise moment in time?
In Egypt this is the exact moment of the Exodus and when an Asian population, the Hyksos, Semitic people from Palestine, seized power in northern Egypt (the Delta), with capital in Avaris, and introduces the horse-driven chariot.
This is the exact moment that the Mycenaean Greeks invaded Crete (where the last remainders of the Minoan civilization was still intact (that part high enough to escape the tsunami) and feasting of the scraps of them suddenly went from barbarian tribes to a civilization that became the Greek one of classical times. This is the time when civilized people suddenly changed from a Global Goddess Consciousness, true monotheism, to the concept of an anthropomorphic and fairly nasty Poppa God sitting on a cloud in judgment of all humanity by rules no one could understand. The world shifted overnight to patriarchy, literally overnight. The entire concept of civilization was androgenized…and never again was characterized by peaceful trade as the primary lubricant of societies.
But Global Goddess Consciousness is nature’s default and thus cannot be erased completely.
So what exactly do I mean by Global Goddess Consciousness? It survived in Asia as the concept that the Divine is within all. It survived for a time in the Mystery Schools of the classical period. It survived for a time in Phrgyia where the last of the Minoans made their way to the inlet, in the lee of a large island that shielded them from the tsunami, facing Mount Ida and brought the Goddess full circle back to the very home She came from originally and then to Rome. It teaches you that you are part of the Divine, a scrap of the hologram that contains the whole and you only need to acknowledge that, embrace that to be connected to the Divine whole. That is the polar opposite of the teachings of Poppa God religions where you are sinful, always in danger of pissing him off and require a priest to intervene for you on behalf of the Divine of which you are not a part.
The story of Adam and Eve lays it all out for you.
First we have the expression of male jealousy of the female creative element in Yahweh “creating” Adam and then taking part of Adam’s side to make Eve. He makes a present of a naked Adam and Eve of Eden with the stipulation that they never eat from the tree of knowledge (stay stupid) and the tree of life (never connect with their own Divine nature)or he will kill them deader than a doorknob. The serpent, an ancient symbol associated with Goddess Consciousness, tells Eve, the woman in the story, Yahweh is lying through his teeth and wants to keep them from their Divine nature and stupid. It’s all right there laid out clearly. Even the fruit of the tree of knowlege is consider by most the apple, which when cut open reveals a pentagram, yet another symbol of the Goddess.
Thera exploded and gave rise to the Illiterati that makes a virtue of being stupid to enslave you by insisting you need others to know, give you knowledge and keep you disconnected from your own Divine nature.
May 4, 2010
Part 1, Global Viewpoints and How I Arrived There
I have to begin this with some personal history. The phrase “stranger in a strange land” has special significance for me because it sort of sums up much of my early life experiences. There was a time when I believed that those with similar unusual life experience would be freed by them as I was. The increasing fullness of years taught me yet another lesson, it’s not the experiences as much as it is whether or not you learn from them and the sad conclusion that most simply don’t learn.
My father, with whom I have many never to be resolved issues long after his passing, was an educator of the humanities who went to Dartmouth and Yale and studied both psychology and history. I grew up surrounded with all the classics of literature, history and psychology as well as a pretty good collection of the golden age science fiction novels. The psych eval done on me in first grade indicated I was reading on a seventh grade level then. I remember in seventh grade having to fight the local Liberian for the right to check out Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” because it was a commie book only an adult could handle. She lost that argument and I got to expand my understanding of the Soviet people. Not to mention learning quickly that her understanding of a “commie” book was totally divorced from reality.
I grew up at the very tail end of what is sometimes called a “liberal” education that included an expectation of exposure to Enlightenment literature and the classics. I was part of the last generation that was taught the difference between democracy and a representative republic, something the average American today has no apparent understanding about.
In short, I grew up feeling I was a stranger in a strange land but schooled in the ideas that knowledge and it’s pursuit were desirable and valuable in it’s own right and no field of inquiry was off limits as a result. For example, my seventh grade science project was unique. Already having delved deeply into so called occult subjects and so called fringe science I decided to explore whether or not psychic ability measured by the Rhine cards being used at Duke University would be influenced one way or the other by hypnotism. The answer was yes by small but statistically significant amount. I got an F on that project because it wasn’t “real” science given by the very asshole who approved my doing it in the first place thus learning a much greater lesson than the work itself but far different than the one he thought he was teaching me.
A year later we move to New Delhi India. We traveled slowly throughout Europe and the Middle East to get there using a very out of date version of “Europe on Five Dollars a Day” which meant we were always well off the beaten track the tourists took. And I got to see a world that doesn’t exist today, one prior to the homogenization of Western/American culture. And we lived in an India that still was much more similar to Kipling’s India than the India of today. I explored that India outside the Western enclaves where most stayed and did so with relative freedom.
I attended school with kids from all around the world, not just Europe and America and I met some of the great minds of the time like Joesph Heller of Catch 22 fame, future Ohio governor and first lady Richard and Dagmar Celeste, future Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi to mention a few.
So, due to a perfect storm of a unique neurology and a unique childhood I view the world much differently than most people do. I learned to see the world though the eyes of an interested, even fascinated alien observing the wider human condition. I see the world globally and work down to specifics, understand human nature in wide concepts. The ancients called this “as above, so below” and today it is expressed in fractal mathematics and demonstrated by breaking a hologram which then has each piece a smaller but complete version of the original.