A Very Brief Critique: Patriarchy, Leadership and Status Quo

Journal entry, May 1, 2017 If the world’s major political powers and corporate powers suddenly became a hard majority – if not entirely – female, a sufficient amount of men would decry this as absurd, unfair, excessive, dominating. Yet this is exactly what women live with on a daily basis the world over and are told it’s normal and we should, in effect, just shut up. The effects of this grotesque imbalance are innumerable: patriarchy and its version of masculinity are oppressive, fear-mongering, degrading, unsustainable, and down-right dangerous; destructive to women and suffocating to men and any attempt of healthy…

Women, Patriarchy and Peace

If we believe what the current patriarchal cultural construct tells us: A woman has no autonomy or agency. A woman is deemed as proper and virtuous is she is covered from head to toe, keeps a ‘neat’ appearance, doesn’t curse, denounces her sexuality, doesn’t speak loudly or command attention, isn’t ‘bossy’ or demanding, doesn’t have an opinion that may be ‘offensive.’ Conversely you have what I call the Pussycat Doll phenomena – the other side of the spectrum – where women claim “girl power” by taking off all their clothes and shaking their t–s and a-s, quite literally, in deliberately…

Broken Boots and Bush Squatting

 Journal Entry Excerpts September 18, 2016 It’s lunch break. The food is delicious. I’m a Yogini; a devotee and the ten living principles (Yamas and Niyamas) – one of which is ‘ahimsa’ which means non-violence – form the foundation of who I am. As such I don’t eat other animals. I’m genuinely grateful of the efforts of our cook, a shy quiet man that loves his beautiful white mule, Katherina, dearly.  The Moroccan culture is meat-centric, for the most part, so I appreciate the adaptations made just for me. My shoe snapped up the last stretch of rocky terrain and…