Collaboration - Domination

Alternate Paradigms -

Exploring the concept of "equal but different"

Identifying the Problem - Now You Know

3 books that "re-right" the history and perception of the divine feminine and the role of women in our society:

  1. Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez
  2. The Chalice and the Sword, Riane Eisler
  3. The People's Platform, Astra Taylor

What if it isn't something - but everything.

  1. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  2. The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery
  3. The Energies of Crop Circles, Lucy Pringle and Jim Lyons.

Invisibile Women chronicles the vast gap in the utility for women in the way cities, services and systems are designed.  In short they are designed by men for men.  It's not that men intentionally exclude women, they simply don't think about them.  Which is, in my opinion, far worse.

The book addresses the inequities in 5 scenarios

  • Daily Life
  • The Workplace
  • Design
  • Going to the Doctor
  • Public Life
  • When it Goes Wrong

The invisible pay-gap; the car centric transport systems and support; the absence of female-centric care.

Gender neutral does not equate to gender equal - because women have different priorities and needs.  Travel for instance, women tend to do more unpaid caring than men, and are more likely to be in part-time work - thus creating the need for more flexible transport.  Transport that accommodates shorter trips, traversing rather than the current grid format of a to b.  Fares need to accommodate time and distance rather than a fixed journey.

The Workplace - nearly 75% of unpaid work is done by women.

Male-centric needs are driving design in everyday objects. Car design being not only uncomfortable but dangerous for women.

Going to the doctor - women's physiology is more complex than men's and therefore too hard to understand, research and treat.  Therefore it is largely ignored.

Public Life where domestic and care work is catagorised as unpaid and excluded from GDP.  Women need to be fully represented in public office.  Example in India where a third of council seats were kept for female candidates, allowed changes to infrastructure to more adequately reflect the needs of women.

When it goes wrong - the discrimination against women in abuse and post-disaster efforts.  Women are disproportionality affected by disaster relief, the after effects of disasters and war and are more likely to suffer from domestic abuse escalating in these situations.

You don't have to have losers to have winners.

The myths and misinformation passed down through generations.  Misrepresenting and misinforming societies.  Influencing beliefs and and behaviours to the detriment of women in general and the deadly consequences for some.

The Chalice and the Blade provides an amazing amount of research that demonstrates categorically that a feminine lead society can prosper, be technologically advanced and have a "ruling class" that does not penalise working people, but rather allows everyone to receive the abundance that is provided by mother nature.  Abundance for all combinining "equal but different" view that allows everyone to be active and productive to their talents and desires.  And... importantly, art, sport and collaboration are the fundamental drivers.

The People's Platform - looks at the challenges of independent artists being paid for their work whilst still allowing the broad dissemination of art, culture and diversity.  The challenge of being overwhelmed by the gargantuan publishers.

The Journey to The Divine Feminine

Untamed provides a view from the perspective of the author about her journey.  Her story demonstrates that by simply believing in yourself and refusing to allow the bullies and neysayers to penetrate your consciousness, you can be who you were born to be. 

And that is not to say it is all smooth sailing, but reaching a point of "knowing" is as important to finding your truth and the occupation your soul can thrive on, is as important as the air you breath.

"Domination is the incisive descriptor of the attitude that seeks to dominate and subdue nature, as well as other people — domination of the other, in general –  applied by Riane Eisler (1987) in her articulation of Cultural Transformation theory."

"Eisler’s Cultural Transformation theory proposes that the root of all our environmental and cultural conflicts arises from the long dominance of the dominator paradigm."

"Water Doesn't Bend - it flows ... When you start engineering part of a hydrological system, you impact the functioning of the entire system, requiring yet more (costly) serial engineering to “fix” it."

Link to reference: Domination vs Collaboration - Rainfall to Groundwater