Women Can Spin Straw Into Gold
Congressman Todd Akin’s ridiculous quote about “women being able to shut that whole thing down” with regard to pregnancy after rape has been hurting my head for a week. Certainly more erudite people than I have come forward to comment. Actually, I just read a Twitter post by David Weinberger, retweeted by Jeff Jarvis, that said, “Todd Akin sits on the House Science Committee. Which answers the question: Can I laugh and scream at the same time?” That pretty much sums it up for me.
But aside from insult and ignorance, and not even related to politics, the idea that women are still shrouded in myth and mystery is a powerful premise that probably should be harnessed. With that kind of leverage, shouldn’t women use it to reverse the injustices that have been foisted on them?
The idea of Matriarchal Societies is not new, and Goddess lore crosses easily between physical and spiritual realms. I was actually surprised how much thought and space are given to this topic on the web. This site addresses the non-violent attributes of matriarchal societies across diverse cultures. This site focuses on Mosuo, one of the last matriarchal societies, alive and well in Yunnan, China.
I haven’t really thought about a societal overhaul – more worried about earning equal wages, I guess – but just the notion that someone reputedly educated and successful can hold these ideas, and worse yet, be in a position to foster them, is mind-boggling.
Where did Mr. Akin’s education go wrong? Did he never do an egg-to-embryo project in school? Did he never attend a health class? Where were his parents when his assumptions were being formulated? Didn’t a buddy ever take him aside and say, “Well, Todd, actually, that’s not how it works?”Continued on the next page