Thoughts On The 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day
Vijay Sarma | Black Krishna Blog | March 8, 2011
I was reading the Globe and Mail (8/Mar/11) and noticed the extensive colour cover coverage of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day. We all like a good party, so that may settle things for some, but there's a lot more to the story. While empowering celebrations are important, we should probably wonder why our corporate media promotes them more often.
Notable and worthwhile gains for women were obviously made, but there's a lack of context to help us understand the conditions we've lived in as best we can now know history. Good or bad, whatever conditions men and women were living in 100 or more years ago were mostly the product of how super-rich people anywhere managed everyone else. It's the same today.
Since the mass media is paid, staffed and controlled by the same establishment it's meant to protect, they often make us think most changes in history happened naturally, or as the result of how most people chose to behave at the time, as opposed to explaining the influence of the people in charge. They tend to hide who really runs the world, including the central bankers.
Now that we have access to more education and information, we can put more pieces together. Instead of just thinking women were living in "rural serfdom" or slavery, for thousands of years they were raising children, arguably the most important long-term role in any culture, and many happily. Of course, women should keep getting more opportunities in a changing world.
However, being a 'mom' really shouldn't be equated with being a 'slave', which is what a lot of modern feminist doctrine, including the current stuff in the papers, suggests. This can make moms feel pretty bad, so that shouldn't happen. On the other hand, getting stuck working for a giant soulless corporation and getting taxed over half your income... that could be considered slavery.
Ironically, the establishment promoted feminism not to free women, but to trap them in the same slavery as men. The super-rich saw that half the population wasn't working for their comanies, or paying taxes to their governments. They solved that problem with the feminist movement and took kids away and raise them to be good consumers and producers. Here we are today.
Softball stories of various groups helping women in the the Third World achieve the same "equality" can feel heart-warming, but they're often part of Western military, as a tool of foreign policy, cultural warfare goals in disguise. Few wonder why many Afghani women and others suffer horrific conditions in the first place. The media doesn't tell us. Except: they often blame local men.
In reality, historically, the American and European colonial powers were responsible for the miserable conditions in the Third World and everywhere else to conquor people and take their resources. They still promote backward regimes, train, arm and fund armies, promote rape for cultural genocide and so on. They often use the Hegelian dialectic problem + reaction = solution technique.
That means they create many of our problems, reactions and solutions to change our cultures over time. This includes disenfranchising many women by creating the "rule of thumb", where a man could legally beat his wife with nothing thicker than his thumb, for example, then reacting to it. Unless we know how the elite control us, we might assume normal guys were scum who wanted this.
Distrust between the sexes can be the most corrosive factor in cultural warfare. When men and women learn not to trust each other, the nucleus of strong families is gone. Instead of struggling for women's rights against the vague idea of "patriarchy", men and women should struggle for all their rights against the banks, corporations and governments taking them away. (See: The Patriot Act, etc.)
Men and women are different, over 100 years of corporate, government and tax-exempt foundation-funded activist, media and educational social engineering notwithstanding. While individuals vary, people should respect those differences more to support each other more effectively and understand what's really going on. Men should feel like men, and women should feel like women.
Tax-exempt foundations were set-up by wealthy bankers and industrialists, (e.g. Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, etc.) 100 years ago to fund arts, science, education, activism, indie media and more. The establishment, has been slowly using them to socially re-engineer men and women to emulate and compete socially and professionally as part of divide and conquor schemes.
Nobody can say anybody's reasonable and invidual choices should be taken away, but when people feel disempowered, it's often because of fear (women) and emasculation (men). Since men handled security for women, children and the elderly successfully for thousands of years, if more men do so now, they'll feel better and safer and everyone else will feel more empowered too.
Of course, people can do what they want after being raised with many options and influences, but recycling the same themes of "struggle" year after year while ignoring the very existence of the people in charge who make everyone struggle is a mistake we're made to make. As long as prices rise fast, health risks increase and global instability threatens, we should prioritize.
Below are more perspectives on International Women's Day and more. Nobody wants to spoil the party, so men and women should feel free to celebrate. But, after that, we can learn more about and figure out how to deal with the people in charge and their plans. Instead of seeing each other as the source of our problems, we'll being to see each other as the source of our solutions.
Vijay Sarma is a journalist, artist and activist investigating globalization, how it affects us and what we can do. He hosts CKLN 88.1 FM's Rude Awakening show Mondays and Thursdays from 6 - 7 am with archives at Radio4All.net. He can be reached at 647-855-4744 and email@example.com.
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CKLN 88.1 FM's Rude Awakening:
International Women's Day Show... If They Shecide To Win It's NWOver! :-)
A special edition with BK and Mark Bills for International Women's Week on March 4, 2008 (International Women's Day is on March 8th) dives deep into our collectivised psyches. Various issues are discussed including the purpose of our socialization and ways to combat it.
Virtual guests including Connie Fogal, Devvy Kidd, Bev Harris, Katherine Albrecht, Carol Brouillet, Charlotte Iserbyt and favourite caller Mara adding her shiniest of nickel's worth to round out the hour.
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