The first steps toward the end of the Patriarchy
Posted by Bubbas' Nightmare on 7 May 2007
“Who will bell the cat?” asked the mice.
(A tip o’ the hat to by Octogalore.)
There’s been a lot of traffic in the blogosphere about concrete steps that could be taken to dismantle the Patriarchy. A daunting task to be sure, but in light of recent events, I feel I personally can no longer just sit on the sidelines and cheer others on.
1. Women must rid themselves of the disabilities caused by biological (reproductive) functions
In her book The Dialectic of Sex, Shulamith Firestone declared that the first step to women shedding the dominance of men in modern society (the Patriarchy) was to rid themselves of the reproductive functions inherent in being female.
Her described solutions were a little Brave New World-ish for most to swallow, but I think there’s more than a grain of truth in there. As I mentioned in Octogalore‘s blog,
“When women have complete control of their reproductive functions (100% effective and safe birth control, access to emergency contraception, effective treatment of PMS/PMDD, etc.), and no woman need be hobbled physically, emotionally, or economically by reproductive functions–that’s a big step in the right direction.”
So, some big-time scientific and medical advances have to be met.
2. Teaching our children
The next step, more subversive in nature but available to anyone with kiddos, is to properly educate our children. They need to be taught that gender is no basis to judge worth or capabilities. A proper moral education for children includes the tenet that men and woman, as classes of people, are equal and are morally entitled to be treated as equal.
Of course, adults must first be taught that this step is necessary.
I have nicked shamelessly from Octogalore’s post that I could add neither enlargement nor addenda to.
So. There’s a good start.