Monday, July 20, 2009

Weeds Are On the Rise!

JULY has been an exciting month for women’s progress in the world.

First, SARAH PALIN removed herself as a target for hate groups by announcing her resignation as governor of Alaska. She will no longer cost Alaskans money to defend her against mythical ethics charges that must by law be investigated. So far, those complaints have amounted to nothing more than bills for taxpayers and the Palin family and a repudiation of the accusations.

By acting outside the politically acceptable behavior zone, Palin once again has shown that she does not necessarily abide by tradition, either political or cultural. Her choice to abandon her post in favor of her state’s right to have a governor spending time on state issues rather than her personal issues is a first.

The observer does not have to like Sarah Palin in order to admit this is an unusual action that deviates from the male norm. It remains to be seen if this is the proper course of action for both Palin and for Alaska.

The second stunning announcement came from former President JIMMY CARTER about his departure from the Southern Baptists because of their treatment of women. This is a major step forward for the restoration of females to their rightful place in the world as primary rather than secondary citizens. When any prominent male issues a challenge to his fellow compatriots as Carter has just done, it signals a change in the status of women on the horizon.

Carter says the subjugation of women is based on skewed biblical interpretations, and that there are biblical stories suggesting not only is slavery acceptable but even oppression of the populace by tyrants is permissible. Most people would not go along with either of those actions but they have yet to stop viewing women as inferior.

A careful reading of the story of Adam and Eve by male religious leaders (and they have been all male until the last few decades) results in an interpretation that Adam was tempted by the serpent through Eve and mankind fell from grace. That one story, and no proof has ever been found that it even happened, is the basis for the subjugation of women worldwide.

A lack of proof of biblical stories requires strong faith to believe they are accurate recitations of past events. What is shocking is that faith is required to believe that women are subservient to men.

It is painfully obvious that males wrote this story because Adam did not accept responsibility for his actions and Eve got blamed as an all-time temptress. This ancient metaphor is undoubtedly the forerunner to history’s judicial and religious placement of blame on the “temptress” female in rape cases. In the Middle East, the policy on rape is that the female who tempts the male always causes it. Looking at rape cases in the U.S., it is possible to see a version of this same policy in effect.

Carter cites a group he belongs to called The Elders, an independent organization of eminent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela. This group works at building peace and addressing the causes of human suffering in an effort to promote the shared interests of humanity. The Elders have now published a statement that declares it is unacceptable to justify discrimination against females on the grounds of religion or tradition or even on the basis of a Higher Authority.

When THE ELDERS allow world women leaders to become a part of their group overseeing humanity’s problems, they will reach the epitome of perfection.

8 comments:

  1. I've always felt we were raised in such a female-dominant family (in numbers, attitude and stance), it's hard to believe that at this time, in this generation, this divide is still as severe as it is in this country. Much less when we look at the issues that continue to plague our male counter-parts - made vivid mostly in politics/leadership. The book, I feel, is a must read!

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  2. Sarah Palin is a thin skinned quitter who sees a bigger profit and more fame for herself if she ditches her elected position. To hear her try to summon up an emotion while she was speaking, and to listen to her repeated avowels that she would be better able to serve Alaska this way was excruciating. She could serve the whole country better if she would put her self in a nunnery and take a lifetime vow of silence.
    I could never laud her simply because she is a woman in politics. She is an embarrassment to her gender, to her party, to Alaska, and to this country.

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  3. Julia,
    I am extremely impressed to discover just how many womens' issues you have brought to my attention through the simple process of reading your book, and your blog. You have put words to so many of the thoughts and questions I have had in the past, that now I find myself anxiously waiting to see what else I can learn from your next entry. Thank You so much for your extensive research, your unbiased reporting of information, and your genuine desire to improve the lives of all women, everywhere.

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  4. "...because Adam did not accept responsibility for his actions..." So Adam wasn't just a foolish boy whose head was turned by beauty, eh?! Interesting idea: Men would prefer thinking Adam was a gutless male swayed by his mate, than present him as someone who was unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions. (On the other hand, what power that gives Eve: she can "make" her mate do anything she wishes.)
    ;-) I would hope that most Eves would rather be true to their own selves, than be conniving and manipulative. Your tales of female strength might encourage us to remain true, rather than get swept into the easy way out. Thanks, Julia.

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  5. Cassandra:

    The divide you mention is still present unfortunately. With more and more females learning to recognize the way subtle biases can harm their progress in the world, the more we will be able to learn how to overcome them.

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  6. P.:

    The easy way out is never fruitful! Thanks for your insightful comments.

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  7. Chris:

    With every day that passes, I am certain that the elusive critical mass will be reached where the tipping point will turn in favor of the female actually becoming a respected and valued member of world culture. Right now, we are simply the other half of humanity and that, my dear, is not enough.,

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  8. Gloria:

    You are valued as a woman of intellect here on this site, and your opinions are welcomed. Thank you for taking time to respond!

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