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Modern Role Model
This month, we’re thinking about people that inspire us personally. First, Gloria Steinem: writer, activist and organiser.
I actually read a paper this month and found this she wrote in @guardian about life-changing books: ‘The Mermaid and the Minotaur by Dorothy Dinnerstein … looks at the way humans lived before patriarchy, and before male control of reproduction was codified into “masculine” versus “feminine” roles. It reports that, in our very long migratory past, both men and women raised children. Men developed empathy, patience, attention to detail and a sense of the value of life – all those qualities now wrongly called “feminine”, because they are necessary to raise children. Just as women become more whole as humans by entering into public life, men become more whole as humans by entering into private life.
... It convinced me, and may convince you, that men raising children – boys being raised to raise children – is the key to equality, democracy and world peace.” YES! So much love for this. It encapsulates everything we’ve tried to do with Sonshine.
Want to know more? Read her memoir My Life on the Road. Her account of the National Women's Conference in Houston in 1977 made me well up, with its hopeful dreams of equality and solidarity (even while travelling long distance on a train with a sleeping toddler on my lap and a doodling four year old). I just wish we weren't still fighting such very similar battles as she was with Ms magazine in the 1970s and since. Why has the pace of change slowed so much? For us it’s because the message of equality has only been going to a section of the population. We must talk to boys and men about this the same way we talk to girls and women. We must make spaces to recognise double inequalities of race, class, sexual orientation and more. It must speed up, and it’s only us that can speed it up. 2018 is our year to kick it off. *
15 hours ago
Words have a big impact on me. Each morning I choose a mantra/quotation from the stack and meditate on how I can apply the message to my day. Today's card is a lovely sentiment from Gloria Steinem, reminding us we are making progress when we take time to dream. -@thenheathersaid #TakeoverTuesday#BlogHealthy