Women in Thrivability

What role do women play in thrivability?

1. First, before I talk about women, let me be clear that there is often slippage between the divine feminine or the feminine aspect and the embodiment in the female form. While there is often great overlap and thus the similar naming, the divine feminine resides in all people to a greater or lesser degree regardless of what form the body takes. So I always feel a certain tension when writing about the feminine. Please hold that tension with me.

2. While I often enjoy moving through intellectual or spiritual ideas, this post will ground itself in action and politics.

There are many who speak of the dawning of a new age (or maybe they don’t explicitly call it that, but they nudge in that direction anyway). This new way of being in the world is a shift toward feminine principles. We move from the blade to the cup – from power in the form of domination and intellect to power in forms of nurturing, collaboration, collective wisdom, knowing beyond the mind (heart/spirit/body). Personally, I yearn for a balancing and dynamic tension between both.

In the US election this year, we see these forces in our presidential choices. The male element of power through force, resistance to – even oppression of – the feminine aspect reveals itself as a regressive/conservative yearning to go back to earlier times. The female element, amazing demonstrated by power through collaboration, swirling in complexity and multiple-perspectives (as comes so naturally to “minorities” as they must always see through many roles). The female aspect offering hope, connection, and a vision of flourishing.

It is no wonder then that McCain/Palin are no friend to women. McCain voted against breast cancer research. McCain and Palin do not believe in a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape and incest. Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, proclaims: Obama/Biden are running on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in U.S. history

So when I urge you to vote for what you believe in I don’t mean you should vote merely on identity politics. Men and women voting for Obama because he supports women. That is well and useful but go beyond that to the beingness. The reason Obama supports women is because his beingness is suffused with the feminine element – he works for collaboration; his campaign efforts have built up community connection and collaboration; he pushes power to the edges (for example, he advocates for transparency). Obama will usher in a time of generativity, collective wisdom, greater connection, and strength in diversity. And it is this which is our best strategy against the many-fold crisis we humans face as our greatest challenge to achieving thrivability. He will do so – not through force or authority – but through evoking our higher purpose, our collective covenant with each other, and through handing us increased agency to co-create a better world. Because it is for us to do the work, and for our leader to nurture us toward thrivability.

For more information and videos on the feminist perspective on the election, see Feminists for Obama and Feminist Majority.

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