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  •  Yes, exactly. Patriarchy demands dominion by (5+ / 0-)

    all hetero (in the West, white) men over all non-hetero (non-white) non-men.  This includes not only women, LGBT, ethnic minorities, but also all animal & plant life, with a claim that it must always be this way because it is God's/Nature's Law.

    Very briefly summarizing the background: patriarchy evolved from tribalism during the ascendance of agriculture, as men took over food production due to the physical demands of plowing fields which relegated women to domestic duties.  Agricultural innovations gave men the first opportunities of leisure time, during which men took the lead in art, politics, law, & war.   Virtually every society that evolved from horticulture to agriculture became patriarchal to at least some extent, & this imbalance has gotten us to where we are today.  The emergence of liberal democracy & human rights reveals that women must control their destinies to be equal participants & restore the balance of power for the good of not only our species, but the entire planet.  Yet this concept is fundamentally opposed by the old idea that does not wish to yield to the new.  

    Social entities like religious institutions face a tremendous obstacle to their own evolution in their self-defined need to preserve their traditional past, & great difficulty differentiating the spiritual path to transcendence (at the core of every great religion) from now-obsolete cultural practices & laws.  The obvious example is excluding women from equal participation in the Catholic Church by citing the exclusively male Apostles as some Permanent Way For All Time, rather than what was normal in one society 2000 years ago (and by diminishing the importance of Mary Magdalene & the numerous other significant women of the early Church).  

    Tradition is often important.  It is also often an obstacle to progress beyond.  This key concept must inform our criticism of social institutions, religious & otherwise, because it goes to the often-unspoken heart of the beliefs of those who oppose us.  The policy discussion is on the surface; please, go deep into the moral heart of the matter whenever possible.    

    It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

    by Leftcandid on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:36:51 AM PDT

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