Gender.Politics.Sustainable Revolution.

Posted on March 12, 2011

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Be Brave. Be Bold. Be passionate about who you are! ~Hanns-Oskar Porr

From Jezebel: Michelle Bachmann doesn’t know US history.  Honestly i don’t know as much as I should, either. I’m also not considering running for president anytime soon. I’m convinced that the internet and information sharing will be at the core of the people in our country rising against those in power, because every sheisty or ignorant remark or action are corrected.  It’s a whole new ball game when accountability is a factor.

Ann Friedman does an amazing job highlighting how it’s not just Wisconson getting feisty. Lots of awesome pictures.

More awesome activism:

It is my sincere hope that everyone who believes in freedom of speech and transparency in government will take action by supporting this billboard campaign. Our government is treading in dangerous waters on this issue. We need to show our elected officials that we defend WikiLeaks, and demand adherence to the 1st Amendment and transparency in government

If i didn’t have so many looming financial responsibilities i would donate immediately. They have 27 days to go and a lot of money to be raised. I hope this works. update: i just looked at the billboard designss… If they had facts on them that would be one thing, as is, I feel less jazzed about it.

This feels like biological determinism to me:

According to a 2003 study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “women’s higher levels of empathy, altruism, and personal responsibility make them more interested in environmentalism as a way to protect not only themselves and their families, but also others.”

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sociolinguist Deborah Tannen notes in her book You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation that, as opposed to men who “speak and hear a language of status and positioning,” women “speak and hear a language of connection and intimacy”

and since Empathy may be key based on findings like these, we need to employ “women’s ways” on the path to sustainability.  Or we could stop framing men and women in opposition to one another and instead recognize that we all have the capacity to access a range of emotions and languages.  When we structure gender based on preconceived notions of what it should be and how boys and girls should act, we create that reality.  And at the same time refuse to acknowledge those people who reside in between or outside or encompass both these so-called genders.  Wouldn’t a more sustainable approach to this type of sustainability effort be to allow and encourage men to have feelings, because if it’s women vs. men that’s an uphill battle for power. and unproductive.

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