Scarlet Jewels: What is The Revolution?
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 What is The Revolution?6 comments
picture 2003-11-19 11:40, by Julie Solheim-Roe

I love how Tecia puts this: "Jane's speech is circulating the net this week. When it hit my inbox, it seemed to thread through the other conversations I have been sharing with many, many women both on the net and in my communities. Feminism after 30 years has deepened with compassion, without losing the passion for Life - All Life."

And so here's a clip of it that I, too, deeply resonated with:
"Because we can't just talk about women being at the table - it's too late for that - we have to think in terms of the shape of the table. Is it hierarchical or circular (metaphorically speaking)? We have to think about the quality of the men who are with us at the table, the culture that is hovering over the table that governs how things are decided and in whose interests. This is not just about glass ceilings or politics as usual. This is about revolution, and I have finally gotten to where I can say that word and know what I mean by it and feel good about it because I see, now, how the future of the earth and everything on it including men and boys depends on this happening.

Let me say something about men: obviously, I've had to do a lot of thinking about men, especially the ones who've been important in my life, and what I've come to realize is how damaging patriarchy has been for them. And all them are smart, good men who want to be considered the "good guys." But the Male Belief System, that compartmentalized, hierarchical, ejaculatory, andocentric power structure that is Patriarchy, is fatal to the hearts of men, to empathy and relationship.

Yes, men and boys receive privilege and status from patriarchy, but it is a poisoned privilege for which they pay a heavy price. If traditional, patriarchal socialization takes aim at girls' voices, it takes aim at boys' hearts - makes them lose the deepest, most sensitive and empathic parts of themselves. Men aren't even allowed to be depressed, which is why they engage so often in various forms of self-numbing, from sex to alcohol and drugs to gambling and workaholism. Patriarchy strikes a Faustian bargain with men.

Patriarchy sustains itself by breaking relationship. I'm referring here to real relationship, the showing-up kind, not the "I'll stay with him cause he pays the bills, or because of the kids, or because if I don't I will cease to exist," but relationship where you, the woman, can acknowledge your partner's needs while simultaneously acknowledging and tending to your own. I work with young girls and I can tell you there's a whole generation who have not learned what a relationship is supposed to feel like - that it's not about leaving themselves behind."
The definition and eptymology of Revloution:
'Etymology: Middle English revolucioun, from Middle French revolution, from Late Latin revolution-, revolutio, from Latin revolvere to revolve

Date: 14th century

1 a (1) : the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical course; also : apparent movement of such a body round the earth (2) : the time taken by a celestial body to make a complete round in its orbit (3) : the rotation of a celestial body on its axis b : completion of a course (as of years); also : the period made by the regular succession of a measure of time or by a succession of similar similar events c (1) : a progressive motion of a body round an axis so that any line of the body parallel to the axis returns to its initial position while remaining parallel to the axis in transit and usually at a constant distance from it (2) : motion of any figure about a center or axis (3) : ROTATION 1b

2 a : a sudden, radical, or complete change b : a fundamental change in political organization; especially : the overthrow or renunciation of one government or ruler and the substitution of another by the governed c : activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation d : a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something : a change of paradigm e : a changeover in use or preference especially in technology synonym see REBELLION
So, who's in the Revolution? Anyone who Knows These Truths to Be Self Evident... I will Revolve, Evolve, Emerge and Know... Morphogenesis, eh, Tecia?

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19 Nov 2003 @ 12:06 by shawa : Count me in! :-)
I´m in the Revolution! :-D
Clear as crystal!...  

20 Nov 2003 @ 14:16 by Letecia @ : Revolution? Evolution?
Ok Jewels, yes, I know you are in for the long haul. Very glad to be on the journey with you.

Love, Love  

20 Nov 2003 @ 14:18 by Letecia @ : Morphogenesis
And "We are always coming into being" Or at the very least "In the Becoming"  

20 Nov 2003 @ 15:45 by martha : Evolution it is
to consciously move away from all past structures and create a new way. All "archy's" must go to allow spirit...  

21 Nov 2003 @ 06:18 by jstarrs : I said to someone recently...
...that men are dying and that women don't realize it.
I'm glad to be proved wrong. That's also a revolution.  

27 Feb 2004 @ 10:25 by longshot @ : male feminists
they say we are an impossible animal but then i read something like this and it affirms so much of what i intuitively realise. we are still a wounded bunch generally speaking...seeing this makes me think it is one of the most important bunches of words ever put together: it certainly is needed as people are really confused about roles. it reminds me of EWisler and the Partnership way...


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