A Male Dominated World: It Still Isn’t Equal

Last year, I worked with Michelle (Shelley) Takei in Raleigh, N.C. on her book, She-Q: Why Women Should Mentor Men and Change the World. Here is a recent blog post of hers that I found interesting. She has some truly interesting ideas regarding equality among the sexes.

A Male Dominated World: It Still Isn’t Equal

– Michelle Takei

We have a tendency to think that since the women’s movement, that started in the 1970’s that things are equal now. Sadly, this is far from the truth.

We have lived in a male defined world for thousands of years and everything we know, think and believe is still skewed toward a male perspective. In fact, our knowing is so imbalanced that it is necessary to go the bottom lines in nature and perennial wisdom to see what true balance looks like.

A list of feminine Yin qualities and masculine Yang qualities instantly reveals the problem:

In every case, 100% of the time, the masculine quality is still valued more highly than the feminine quality. This overvaluing of the masculine has produced a world that is out of balance.

It also means that women and her feminine qualities are not, truly, lesser than male based qualities in any way. We just believe they are only because our imbalanced knowing has made this true –and it is our imbalanced world that is wrong.

It further means that women will never be equal in a world that overvalues male qualities.  Until we change the basis of what we know, respect and embrace as true, women will never be truly equal.

What do you think? How can we, men and women, change this imbalance?

She-Q: Why Women Should Mentor Men and Change the World addresses how we can bring the world back into balance.

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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