Making the Future Female

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The Womanifesto is the philosophy underpinning the satirical novel

DOG Sharon: The Future is Female 

The Womanifesto calls for a positive re-evaluation and adoption of what have traditionally been referred to as Female Values and Perspectives with a corresponding paradigm shift in human affairs.

By this we mean an emphasis on cooperation and community rather than competition and individualism, with society organised to protect its weakest members, namely children and the elderly.

In the present global economic system we are told there is no alternative to production being governed by the Market.

However there can be no production without people and people are created by reproduction.

Therefore whoever controls reproduction controls production and future human society.

This explains why religions and other bastions of male power have worked so hard to regulate and deny female sexuality. These sad people kill to oppose abortion, fight against birth control and do anything to prevent children getting proper sex education.

The rulers need our children for their wars and as workers, but they don’t want to acknowledge the power of reproduction.

They can’t let the women speak out.

So they denigrate the Feminine and attack women because they’re scared.

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.

If women see a future where their children will be working for slave wages or die in wars or starve or die of thirst – if women see this, they will refuse to bring more children into the world.

Why should women give birth to children in a society that abuses most of the people most of the time, a society that lets tens of thousands of kids die each and every day from preventable causes?

Women everywhere are demanding change, and will not be denied. The genie is truly out of the bottle.

The existing order is based on violence or the threat of violence. But as violence creates more violence this is obviously counterproductive.

Women and children suffer most from wars and crime, face sexual assault, domestic violence and constant harassment.

Violence in all its forms must become a thing of the past.

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

Everybody knows a hierarchy is a pyramid-like structure with power concentrated at the top. This model worked well for kings, emperors, presidents, prime ministers, warlords and tyrants of every kind, and when allied with military might, has allowed these dictators to dominate the vast majority of people for the last several thousand years.

Hierarchies are part of our heritage, but then so is cannibalism: both have no place in a modern egalitarian society.

Government has developed from the absolute rule of kings and is the means by which the few dominate the many – so is part of the problem not a solution.

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.

The policies of the powerful nations, from colonial times to the present, have caused great inequality in the world, both at the level of continents and regions and for individuals.

We propose a couple of modest rebalancing policies.

The first is that antisocial debts, whether at the international level such as money supposedly owed by poor nations to rich, or by ordinary folk to financial institutions, should all be cancelled.

If we Default All Debts, everyone can start again. Most folk would be better off – only the rich would lose. And if we lost a few financial institutions, would anybody care or even notice?

Second, 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 valued as much as soccer stars.

So we run society just like a big co-operative – because that’s what we are.

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.

Once this is implemented, and in tandem with the debt default, much of the inequality will soon be squeezed out of the system. After the real price of labour has been factored in, the true value of any good or service can be calculated.

The alternative to the above?

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, 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 –

Let’s make the Future Female!

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28 responses

  1. Jeni

    Brilliant lowerarchy – it made me smile and excited at the same time as it’s such a great idea. Women all over the world will hopefully ‘get this’ and use their power to change this rotten System – cheers

    September 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    • Cheers – glad you liked it

      September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  2. Beth

    Like this and your novel – would make a great movie for women to change the world 🙂

    September 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    • I live in hope…

      September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  3. Tina

    This is so obviously true – very powerful – thanks.

    September 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    • Thanks – let’s hope others think the same thing x

      September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  4. I probably don’t really need to say anything, you probably know how I feel, have retwittered this! All the best

    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    • Cheers mate 😉

      September 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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    September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    • Thanks. Pleased to meet you 🙂

      September 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  6. Hey! You are nominated for One Lovely Blogger Award!! Congrats and good luck! You can read more here: http://laurenzapata.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/one-lovely-blogger-awardday-25-0f-100/

    September 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    • Thanks dear friend, that’s very nice of you. Please don’t think me ungrateful as I’m happy to be mentioned in such esteemed company as the other blogs you put forward.
      However, while you were away from the blogosphere I was nominated for said award and wrote a post about it. Perhaps you should read this and see what you think. Also we should play Rock/Paper/Scissors some time to see just how good you are 😉
      http://dogsharon.com/2012/09/12/one-lovely-blog-award/

      September 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  7. Your analysis of – and objections to – the current hierarchical system are valid. However I take issue with your “one wage” policy.

    Even *if* it was desirable, preferable, moral and practical (and I’d argue it is none of these things), how could such ‘wage fixing’ be enforced (enFORCED) except by way of coercion/ force by some kind of central authority?

    Our current society is run by a coercive and violent central authority and they heavily control and regulate the market (including wages).

    In a voluntary society the market would finally become a truly free market. In a genuine free market (including wages) every transaction is voluntary and therefore must be mutually beneficial (otherwise we wouldn’t choose to do it). It is the only form of ‘democracy’ which actually has any validity at all. Every transaction is in effect a ‘vote’, which has immediate effect and is not reliant on a single political scumbag!

    A ‘single wage’ policy makes a total mockery of the concepts of freedom and choice. In a free society profit (which is what allows for higher wages) is how we reward that which we value.

    ‘Levelling the playing field’ prevents us from being able to reward goods and services which we value (or withdraw support from those which we don’t value, or strongly object to). In a ‘wage/ price fixed’ world we have no way to control the direction of society. This is how the current system operates today to a large extent.

    Of course businesses might CHOOSE to abide by certain standards in relation to minimum wages, and we should be able to reward them with our custom IF we feel they are doing good. As long as everything is being done on a voluntary basis it’s all good! 🙂

    But in order for the market (and society) to prosper (especially in undeveloped areas of the world) we MUST allow wages to be set by the free market, and NOT through coercion and violence (ie laws, regulations etc).

    Just my two cents 🙂

    September 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    • Thanks for your comments. This piece is to promote discussion and is more rhetorical than an recipe for actual steps.
      Your comments are both lucid and highly welcome. Please let me respond more fully later when I have more time to digest and therefore do justice to your ideas.
      Thanks for this – I value your input and will look forward to learning more later.
      Your two cents are worth a great deal to me.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • A few points here I’d like to respond to.
      The central argument in my piece is that if we are equal then it is wrong for anybody get paid more for working than anybody else. Think of worms and bees – without them there is no developed ecosystem. In human society, the ordinary people are like that – the workers, but they are, as you say, controlled from above. I’m saying we don’t need an ‘above’ – we don’t need leaders and nation states – they’re part of the problem.
      How can we have free choices in a society where certain individuals earn thousands of times the wage of an ordinary person, and use that money to further their own interests?
      The mockery is in the power imbalance.
      Businesses are part of the problem, not the solution. The current system is harming all life on the planet. 30,000 kids die every day from preventable diseases. Species are going extinct and habitats are destroyed by pollution and human encroachment. The ice is melting. The climate is changing. Carrying on in the same way is not an option.
      The Market is nothing but an elitist economic system. That has to go. It’s no good tinkering with a corrupt system that was not created for the benefit of the world’s inhabitants. It is based on greed and must be consigned to the dustbin of history like cannibalism, war and religion.
      That everybody gets the same reward for the same effort is the only way to avoid disparities of income and power.
      Finally, the so-called undeveloped countries are largely victims of the colonial system – they’ve already seen enough of your free market. It is anything but free, that is why forward-looking people reject it as a failed historical economic scam foisted on the majority of the people of the world.
      Surely you are on the side of the ordinary people of the Earth?

      September 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

  8. wILLS

    This is totally brilliant mate – could just see our kids living on a better planet if the women were in control for a while – thanks for such a GREAT IDEA!!!

    September 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    • Thanks my friend – my partner and I thought of it together x

      September 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  9. Frances

    Reposting this to my friends – and debating in the pub – getting a copy of your novel on kindle and let you know what we think, cheers.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    • Get me a shandy! Cheers x

      September 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  10. globalspeak

    What a better world we could have if women would make this happen across the world – it’s like we had the power all along and we’ve just woken up with this Womanifesto! Clever, thoughtful and doable! Gettin’ this out there and buying the novel…genius.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    • Thank you so much – it’s a real boost to connect like this 😉

      September 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  11. Zinn

    Have read such shit on facebook lately with old quotes, daft piks and new-age gobbdlygook with everybody moaning about the world and not offering any solutions really – then vwala this IS IT – problem solved, System changed and the planet maybe saved. The hard job is trying to get the billions of women on board to do it – will repost as much as I can for you – good to connect with you and good luck 🙂

    September 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    • Merci, ma cheri x

      September 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  12. Aisha

    Hi Abandon TV – in response to your comments about the ‘one world one wage’ suggestion, my reading of the Womanifesto gives me a different perspective…

    1. There is no such thing as a ‘free market’ – it is socially constructed and used as an instrument by the global, hierarchal, patriarchal, violent, elites (as you recognised) to control their populations.
    2. You are confusing old business models of ‘profit and competition.’ This System of ‘rewards and choice’ backed up violence, or the threat of violence, you somehow assume is innate to our species – it is not. Again these are socially constructed models used by elites to create competition. The one wage policy is about COOPERATION.
    3. If the one wage policy is the new cooperation business model – it will negate violence, profit and competition – something that is absolutely crucial to stop 30,000 children dying a day, surplus to requirements. This is the result of the free market, reward, choice System you refer to. It has to go. The old business models you are referring to commodify us and our children. They create slave labour.
    4. Only by people coming together at a local level can our real needs be established. At present the violent System you refer to tells us what our needs are, thereby commodifying us worldwide. The present business models are killing us and our planet.
    5. Women have always had a local, informal, network. The Womanifesto suggests that when women achieve global consciousness of their power to control reproduction, they will quickly form a society based on real needs of real people, superceding this infantile, masculinist phase of human history. They will not tolerate any human being on this planet going through the suffering we do in order for this barbaric System to operate. The elites are well aware of our power. I suggest you read the first part of the Womanifesto to really comprehend what is being said.
    That’s why it is talking about building HERSTORY. Women’s natural role as managers of Reproduction has been subverted. This has got to stop. I notice you haven’t commented on the reproduction/production debate
    Get yourself a copy of the book – it really helps you get an angle of what this radical, non-violent message is all about. Good to connect 🙂

    September 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    • Thanks for this response – I’m pleased to feel a great degree of convergence in our thinking.

      September 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  13. Thanks a whole lot and please keep up the fact-finding article…

    September 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  14. I like the Womanifesto, I can agree with most of it, but some of it sounds familiarly like communism–a beautiful idea–that doesn’t work. Maybe you’ve got the beginning of a movement, and I’m behind you. I’ll be back to check into the novel. 🙂

    September 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

    • I’m really pleased, thank you.
      Communism has a central authority (often the Party) and says nothing about women. If we replace one hierarchy with another it won’t be any better. All top-down systems are the same really – a small elite forcing billions to conform. This is what we need to move away from.
      We need to totally change our focus from aggressive competition to loving cooperation.
      I’m just suggesting a path to a different type of human society, rather than the end product – who knows what people can achieve if truly free?
      Thanks for your engagement – it’s lovely to chat.

      September 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

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