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…

Before the Trip

Journal Entry August 31, 2016 Once Upon a Time there was an old woman that wanted to travel. She wasn’t really that old but she certainly felt like it; ancient to the core. It was a month away from her 37th birthday. She was still single (and realized that only mattered because of cultural expectations). In fact she hadn’t had a relationship – a real relationship – in 7 years and 5 months. Most would argue that’s probably very unhealthy, unless of course she was living a life as a nun. Unfortunately she hadn’t gone on a path of Devotion…