Donald, if you are open to advice, do realize that alternative facts will not silence all those women and we men who support them. The rapidly-swinging pendulum needs wise regulations you should learn to like.
When over two million women, in 600 USA locations and 70 in other countries, including Yellowknife in the Yukon in its six degrees below zero weather, can turn out to voice dissent, there is much more here than just your locker-room behaviour. Usually a source for good, women are again organised and must be heeded.
To guide all of us now, we need a deep understanding of History and Biology. To permit evolution, Biology has given us two sexes plus all those in transit between the two. History tells us that both sexes have allowed Power and Greed to misrule long periods, yet interspersed with empathy and fair play, so Hope does persist.HISTORY
Since WWII the pendulum has accelerated. Our knowledge is exploding but its wise use is stumbling. How can we ensure a satisfying future for all living things? Actually, Donald, it is millions, if not billions, of years since we trapped ourselves into the command “Go forth and multiply”. So, perhaps, we should first seek a strong grounding in what archaeology and written history (note ‘his’ rather than ‘our’ story) tells us. For your background, here is a mix, including a few extracts from Merlin Stone’s “When God Was A Woman”:
She shows that artifacts from Scotland to India, reveal that the God they worshiped from as far back as 25,000 years ago was the Queen of Heaven who was known as the Sun Goddess and went, in different cultures, by a score of names including Ashtoreth (with her male consort, Baal) in Canaan and Palestine. Clay, stone, and ivory replicas of God are all female. The earliest known writing is from Erech, Iraq, dating to just over 5,000 years ago. These also indicate God was female. Then, numerous passages from ancient texts, as well as the Bible and Koran, trace the dominance of women being replaced by the dominance of men.
As the female is the creator of all life, and as she also invented agriculture, thus permitting civilization, it was natural to exalt her, which left men in a secondary role. In some societies, paternity was not important so women could take on many lovers. Women could spend months in the temples of the local Goddess where men were encouraged to visit for sexual pleasures. Some queens would select a male as a consort, pamper him for a year, then murder him to choose another. Murder evolved to castration which was also abandoned.
The first male gods arrived in the West about 4,000 years ago, brought by Indo-Europeans who suppressed the worship of a female God. Initially, they were nomads who had mastered horsemanship, who had 2-man wheeled chariots drawn by horses and who had iron weapons. They fought among themselves but were overpowering to the bronze age cultures they encountered and imposed themselves as the ruling classes.
About 3,500 years ago, Abraham, an Indo-European Levite, led his followers from Ur, Iraq, to Canaan to become the priestly class of the Hebrews who were mainly wandering Semites. Levites led in discrediting the Goddess and her serpent, considered the fount of wisdom, and to substitute Yahweh (Jehovah). As paternity had been unimportant there was no way to enforce the rights of the local men to inheritance and property.
When Moses (1393-1273 BC) led the exodus out of Egypt and when Joshua succeeded him, the Levites had a struggle to convert them all to Yahweh. In seeking the promised land in Canaan they chose Jericho, founded 8,000 BC, an easy target as an earthquake, not trumpets, had crumbled its walls. They slaughtered the entire population, then went on to do the same to other poorly-armed goddess communities. They spared only young female virgins to serve as wives because those coming out of Egypt were predominantly male.
The book goes into detail on the long struggle to wrest control from Goddess societies. The eating of figs from the sycamore fig tree was considered communion with the Goddess. This was turned into the forbidden tree of knowledge with the serpent, now evil, tempting Ashtoreth, now downgraded to Eve, into eating its fruit and persuading Adam to do the same. This placed the blame on women for the downfall of man. To lock in paternal succession rights, a woman, not found to be a virgin on her marriage bed, had to be stoned to death and, while men could have multiple sex partners, a woman was stoned to death if she did.
A big setback for Goddess societies came from Constantine, 274-337 AD, who saw a vision of a cross before he defeated a rival in battle, causing him to convert to Christianity and to close Goddess temples.
Citing numerous quotes and writings, Stone goes on to show how Saints Peter and Paul told women they must submit to their fathers and husbands. They were followed by Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and so many others who also maintained the inferior status of women. Hebrew men thanked God for not making them women. Muslims adopted the Hebrew and Christian persecution of women. Stone continues through the suffrage struggle to the current situation where equality is still denied in much of the world.
Yet, it was a mixed bag. Other researchers show: In Egypt 6 of the 14 top deities were female. African, Asian, and Polynesian were mostly male. The quarrelsome Celts did have many female warrior gods.
In the 2014 World Economic Forum, ranking of countries for gender equality, Iceland and the Nordic countries took the top 5 places with scores from .86 to .80, Germany was 12th (.78), France 16th, Canada 19th, USA 20th (.75), UK 26th, Cuba 30th (.73), Poland 57th, (.71), Ukraine 56th, Russia 75th (.69), Mexico 80th, Japan 104th, Turkey 125th (.62), Egypt 129th,, Saudi Arabia 130th, Iran 137th (.58), Pakistan 141st, Yemen 142nd (.51).
Since WWII there has been a dramatic increase in the number and variety of jobs available to women. Currently, women are globally 50% of the workforce, but hold only 12% of board positions and are paid 77% of what men get. Culture still plays a role. In Japan, women who become pregnant are expected to return home for the more important job of raising a family. In Saudi Arabia, with the recent lifting of some restrictions, women are flocking into the workforce. In Europe, Norway leads with 36% of its work force female, the UK 23%, Germany 19%. Elsewhere, India has 3%, Australia 20%, Canada 36%, USA 52% (4% for CEOs). Other USA statistics: 61% of mothers with children under 3 years of age are in the workforce, 70% with children under 18. This necessitates children being raised by for-profit daycare businesses instead of stay-at-home mothers. This does increase mental alertness but decreases mother-children bonds.
Women are now exceeding men in education. Rankings (with the bracketed percentage of those with advanced degrees being women) of the top ten educated countries are: Finland (60), Canada (65), Iran (60), Chile (60), Estonia (67), Spain (60), Brazil (60), USA (57), Argentina (51), and Saudi Arabia (51).
The World Conference on Human Rights has recognized women’s rights as human rights.BIOLOGY
Biology has been unfair in determining who contributes what. The male is given an appendage that gives him much lengthy pleasure in anticipation and greater temporary pleasure in performance and this encourages him to chase about the world impregnating as many females as he can catch. The female is allowed less pleasure yet is saddled with carrying and nourishing a foetus for nine months then raising it for up to 20 years.
Most men realized their good fortune and went off hunting, gathering, fighting, and creating and destroying civilizations, leaving the female to forge strong bonds with her children and to become quite creative while protecting them. I have heard many men admit “they are smarter than we are”. So, resentment does exist today as men see women taking over male jobs: doctors, dentists, lawyers, journalists, politicians. mechanics, scientists, astronauts, warriors, and, Daniel, protesters that you would be wise to heed. Did you notice that Malia Obama joined the protectors against the Dakota Access pipeline you reinstated? You do claim to love women. How? Only 4 of your choices for 20 cabinet-level positions are women.
Yes, Donald, your locker-room talk is shared by many men and, today, even by some women. Women do use your sex words against you, but are they just another tool to attack your other faults that many of both sexes consider are too numerous. Many of we men prefer to leave women on their pedestals of care, love, and empathy, but women also have disillusioning faults that may require wise regulations. Many women tell me they prefer working for men as women can be more cruel, jealous, and vindictive. We want no return of murderous female tyrants like Bloody Mary, Queen of England, Isabella of Castile, Isle Koch and Irma Grese of Nazi extermination camps and too many more. Also, in my long association with thousands of men, I learned to avoid joining them after work in the bars as too many of them were there because they lamented they loved their wives much more than they were loved in return, so felt rejected. For love, read sex. This results in widespread marital infidelity causing wise wives to accept it - if it is minimal.
So, as we humans have not yet, as a species, evolved sufficiently to behave or to understand Life or the universe we find it in, we must concentrate on improving empathetic co-operation to enjoy the many pleasures that either do exist or that we can forge to make this temporary existence sustainable and well worth the trouble. That old advice about “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the required base.
These women, with we men tagging along, have many more issues to promote. Listen to us, Donald.
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