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.

Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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