I posted this over at The Confluence earlier this morning and shared it with Murphy as well. Wanted to get an opinion and ideas from everyone here as well. So here it goes:
The Women’s Movement
I have no degree in Women’s Studies. I have learned mostly through my own life experiences. So please take what you want and leave the rest. But recognize what you leave may be what keeps women from fully recognizing the power we hold but never wield. The reason for our failure to wield power is the subjugation of women in this country, which takes many forms. All of them man made.
But, the main reason for the subjugation of women is the failure that results when women seek a political remedy through the political process. Women as members in the political process today have attempted to make life better for women in this country, and it has failed miserably. Not because of the individual woman, but because of the political process. To be a member in the political process you must take a side or have a viewpoint that is contrary to another woman’s viewpoint. The power structure, the man made power structure, thrives on this division to suppress the one commonality. As long as women are busy telling other women how to live their lives, we cannot be free to live our own.
To achieve a political remedy the political submission of women in our political system must end. Women must focus on the commonality. The participation in the political process leads women down a road of division. Until women fully reject the political process to achieve a political remedy, we will remain divided. We must build our own political process. A process, like men, where there is respect for difference of opinion and a respect of one another because of their one commonality, which is they were born male. Women need a process that does not depend on the men and subjugated women who have defined what our roles should be. We need to define our own roles. We know what has kept women in their place. We know the political process seeks to divide and suppress the woman’s voice.
This is not a call of revolution, or it might be in someone’s opinion, it is more a call for women to see things differently. We need a political remedy, yes, but traveling down the avenue through the political process leads to a dead end street. Of course women can hold their own views on a multitude of issues, but one should not lose sight of the one common thread, which is we were born female.