“For the next three and a half weeks, we will bear witness to something that is exceptionally ugly but perhaps necessary for us to enter a new era.
I’m calling it the bonfire of the patriarchy.
Patriarchy is a loaded term that many non-feminists dislike but it is an accurate description of a long era of human history where men and masculinity ruled our public sphere.
There is perhaps no better marker point for the official end of the patriarchy than the election of a woman as President of the United States, the single most powerful person in the world.
Now that Hillary Clinton’s election has become likely on Nov. 8th, partially due to Trump’s history of sexually assaulting, objectifying, and demeaning women, what I believe we must now face is dozens of disclosures and chilling testimony from women who have been harmed, both by Donald Trump himself and, as the Trump campaign has now promised, by Bill Clinton.
Yesterday, three more women came forward with stories about Trump. And Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon has now promised to “turn Bill Clinton into Bill Cosby.”
The dam has broken. It is going to get much, much worse.
Normally, women who have been victimized are silenced by the threat of legal repercussions or media smears but now will be their moment to speak with the safety that comes in numbers
It will be very hard but important to witness.
The abuses of women by men in power has been the dirty secret of the patriarchy since time immemorial. Many titans of industry, political leaders and powerful figures have each done their share, including those we still celebrate. It’s been part of the “spoils” of victory and the perks of power to use that power to take sexual advantage of women.
This propensity towards sexual conquest, groping, and rape lingers from our genetic line; when alpha male primates experienced a surge of testosterone as they advanced in the social hierarchy, they often took females sexually by force.
I believe this biological history is part of why otherwise reasonable men have done this again and again as they ascend into power.
In today’s world, this is no longer tolerable. It is time for a permanent end to accepting this behavior on any level, which, in turn, is a prerequisite for women to feel honored, respected and safe in the world.
This is not a women’s issue. It’s a human issue. As a man, I am committed to ending sexual assault, not just because I have women in my life that I love but because it’s crippling our ability to create a healthy society for all, including men. Once powerful men are comfortable taking advantage of women sexually, they become prone to many other kinds of abuse as well.
So what we must now go through, on the cusp of the dawning of a new era beyond the patriarchy, is witnessing the terrible trail of trauma that lies behind some of the most powerful and respected men in the world.
The silence must be broken fully so that it really becomes clear that we simply cannot allow this anymore.
It will be ugly, sad, demeaning, and demoralizing. It will be a kind of Armageddon of our cultural shadow.
And yet, I want to encourage all of us to hold open our hearts, have compassion for both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton as they go through this bonfire (as well as Hillary and Melania).
It will be painful to witness as both of these powerful men have their shadowy history exposed.
And, this may be exactly the medicine we need right now – an exposure of the ugly side of male dominance and exploitation of the feminine in order that we can truly enter a new era, one in which respect for women, true equality, and safety for all is non-negotiable.
Witnessing this bonfire will send a strong message to the gropers, abusers, and rapists of the world. Subconsciously, they will know that the gig is up and the era in which that is permissable is coming to an end.
We will, as a whole society and world, come to the point of saying, “Enough.”
With that said, we must also forgive in order for the whole pattern to truly heal. If we remain in righteous moralization on what we witness, we will also forget that these powerful men are also divine souls on a path of maturation.
There will need to be healing and reconciliation, but after they have fully faced what they have wrought with humility and contrition.
I am convinced that Hillary Clinton will emerge from this bonfire as our first woman President. But she will likely be scarred in the process.
Let us hold her in the light so that she can govern in this new era with wisdom.
And let us all be willing to witness the bonfire with as much love as we can muster and recognize this as an historic moment in which aold patterns of domination and exploitation are dying to give rise to a new era in which women and men together create a more just, peaceful, and loving world.
That is the phoenix that can arise from the ashes.
My insert here -SCORPIO energy.
Yes this is the beginning of the burning down of some patriarchal issues. Women will not be quiet or shut up or take these abuses anymore. But that is only one aspect. Erasing 5,000 years of brainwasing and culturally ingrained Partriarchy won’t go away instantly. And there will be backlash.
Yes let us go into the new era of redefined women and men and relationships of equals.
Just because a woman is elected president of the U.S. doesn’t make her a saint either. The U.S. is way behind having a woman leader. The first woman to hold a position of power in a major country was fifty years ago, Indira Ghandi of India, 1966-1985. Golda Meir of Israel 1969-1974, Isabel Peron in 1974 in Argentina. Margaret Thatcher of Britain in 1975-90, Iceland, from 1980 for 16 years. Angela Merkel of Germany 2005- present. Have women leading countries changed the world? I don’t want to be cynical. These are steps in the right direction but the structure itself of heirarchies must change too.
But I also hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her covering up of her rapist husband. Yes hold her in the Light, but just because she is a woman does not mean that she is immune from having to be morally, and ethical held to the task as well. We must judge a person by the virtue of their actions not their sex. . I am a feminist but Hillary Clinton woman or not is just as much a patriarchal wer hungry abuser as the men.
I would say that Bernie Sanders is more of a moral, ethical, honest, person to be a leader than Hillary but lets not get into quibbling about who was more of a feminist. You get my point.
The problem with the Patriarchal structure is the structure, the Behemoth itself. Revolutionizing 5,000 year of brainwashing, language, culture, ethics, and most of all religion, the main perpetrator is what is necessary before true equality and the Age of Aquarius of all humans being equal is here. That may take another couple of hundred years and the main point is not destroying ourselves first. There is a lot to do. I am happy. I have waited for women to be reinstated to their proper roles as independent Goddesses, who can be free and respected.
I believe this whole election was orchestrated by the powers that back Clinton, the corporations. I think they put Trump up to it. It tailspinned. The NWO want Hillary in power and she will be. I predicted this in 2015. Yeah it is a disaster. Whether you are male, female, black, or trans-whatever, your behaviour as a person is what counts. Women have been limited and defined by the Patriarchy. We need to honor the past and define ourselves in relationship to each other and to men. In the Tarot we are entering the realm of the Moon, #18, facing the unconscious, often called the Dark Night of the SOUL.
in her book Meditation Secrets for Women, Camille Maurine writes,
“The realm of the soul is not light and airy, but more like mud: messy, wet, and fertile. Soul processes go on down there with the moss and worms, down there with the decaying leaves, down there where death turns into life. Deepening into soul requires the courage to go underground, to stretch our roots into the dark, to writhe and curl and meander through rich, moist soil. In this darkness we find wisdom, not through the glaring beam of will, but by following a wild, blind yet unfailing instinct that senses the essence in things, that finds nourishment to suck back into growth.” (p. 211)
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