Making the Future Female

Womanifesto Revisited…


Why The Future Must Be Female

After a half century of living in families and being in relationships, studying social sciences and women studies, watching documentaries, dancing, reading brilliant books, working in business and management, bringing up children, feeding the birds and talking to nearly everybody I meet, I find myself working as a volunteer for BSWA, after being made redundant in the current recession.

To me, it seems crucial to ask why there’s a need for organisations like ours; in other words, why should women and children suffer violence, sexual abuse, second class treatment and neglect? This is a global problem and occurs under all religions and none, and across various political systems. Also, why do tens of thousands of babies die each day from preventable causes?

What follows is my explanation of this situation and some suggestions to improve things. As a social scientist I’ve learned that people are moulded by their social environment.  In other words, the system makes us.  By the system, I mean the whole complex of cultural, religious and traditional values taught to every member of society.

Over the last 10,000 years, the growth of agriculture and urbanization led to a greater and more fixed sexual division of labour and coincided with the rise of kings and emperors. These male leaders derived their position and power from the control of the military forces of their society – indeed, rulers the world over still form very close relationships with the armed forces. Evidence for this can be seen when visiting dignitaries are shown the crack troops of the host nation and the links between the British so-called royal family and the various branches of the military.

The idea of an invisible father god, as seen in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, can be seen as divine justification for the violent and patriarchal policies of these rulers. Consequently, the Feminine has been repressed in most aspects of life in an effort to portray the Masculine as everything.  Evidence for this can be seen in the narrow range of roles traditionally offered to women in art, literature, adverts in magazines and newspapers, on television and in films. Also most popular stories feature male heroes who use violence to achieve their ends and win the passive woman as a trophy. The James Bond films are perfect examples of this narrative form. This fictional sexual objectification of women leads directly to real women being abused.

If our society sanctions male violence and sexual abuse of women in so many ways, it’s hardly surprising that real women and kids suffer the physical and mental outcomes. Sex sells, yet Reproduction is rarely mentioned – the process that makes more people is either taboo altogether or mythologized. Look no further than the “Garden of Eden” or “Virgin Mary” stories for obvious examples.

So this is the history (His-Story) of the two overlapping hierarchical power structures in modern society. There’s the pyramid of actual power which finds its pinnacle in the permanent members of the Security Council of the UN – the richest and most heavily armed and arms-producing nations in the world. And the other is the ideological pyramid, where male religious leaders such as popes, patriarchs, imams and rabbis reinforce stories of all-male divinity and tell women they don’t own their bodies.

Sadly women and children are usually found at the bottom of both pyramids and therefore have little power in traditional societies. In wars, natural disasters and political events like contemporary ‘Austerity cuts’, women and children are the worst affected. Even when women manage to achieve success in the worldly hierarchy, they are still attacked ideologically for being a woman.

The existing order is based on violence or the threat of violence, but as violence creates more violence this is obviously counterproductive. Violence in all its forms must become a thing of the past.

We need the non-violent global adoption of Female Values and Perspectives with a corresponding paradigm shift in human affairs. By this we mean cooperation rather than competition, with society organised to protect its weakest members, namely women, children and the elderly.

At present production is governed by the so-called Free Market. Babies are left to die when they are seen as having no economic value to the system. They are surplus to the requirements of capitalist production. However there can be no production without people – and people are created by reproduction.

Therefore whoever controls reproduction controls the future.

This explains why religions and other bastions of male power have worked so hard to regulate female sexuality.  The rulers need our children for their wars and as workers but they won’t acknowledge our power of reproduction. They can’t let the women speak out.

We’re saying it is time for the women of the world to build a global consciousness of themselves, their power and their role in managing human affairs. For too long, women have been divided; but if all the women’s groups come together as one network, anything can be achieved.

When women manage reproduction, the risk posed by overpopulation – probably the biggest challenge facing humanity – will quickly diminish and our species will no longer threaten all other life on the planet.

Women give birth to all humans but have little say in the management of our planet. However as females build a global consciousness they will refuse to bring children into a world where girls will suffer domestic violence and sexual assault. Why should their children work for slave wages or perish in wars or starve or die of thirst – if women see this future, they’ll refuse to bring more kids into the world. Why would they give birth to babies in a society that abuses most of the people, most of the time?

We’ll need new politics for this new society and we’re calling it Lowerarchy.

Lowerarchy is the opposite of hierarchical organisation. In the Lowerarchy there will be no need for leaders as there will be no nations to lead. Local people will decide for themselves how to live and manage resources.

Then artificial national boundaries can be dissolved, and with no nation states to defend, armies will become redundant so can safely be disbanded. Likewise, security services can be dismantled as we would all be on the same side.

If we want a world where everybody truly feels equal, then let’s reflect that in the economic sphere.

We suggest a One World, One Wage policy.

It’s a simple plan. Everybody gets paid the same salary. So cleaners get the same as bankers, teachers are equal to dinner ladies and mums are valued as much as soccer stars. And as we truly are all in this together, obviously those that can’t work will be cared for – that’s what society’s for.

And the alternative?

Catastrophic overpopulation, continued unfettered competition and the commodification of everything, wholesale destruction of the natural world, mass extinctions, more pollution and greenhouse effects on the climate, continued violence against women and children, a further widening of the gap between the rich and poor, loss of civil liberties, wars over resources, famines and the likely destruction of the species.

It’s time we changed the way we live – it’s time to make The Future Female…

Sooz

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