Mansworld.not covers the relationship between men and women and, occasionally dips into religion, politics, and other unrelated topics that really are related to the relati0onships between men and women. What do I mean by "the relationships between men and women? I mean all those things in a society that define whether men or women are in control, or whether neither is in control and they both contribute to the sustainability of the society. Why "sustainability"?
Because it is becoming increasingly obvious (to me) that a society in which either men or women are dominant cannot sustain itself in the long run. Actually, a society in which men are dominant cannot sustain itself -- as far as I know, all of the female or cooperative societies have been wiped out.
Men alone cannot run a society, although they have been trying for about 3000 years and failing.
Civilizations dominated by men rise and collapsed, usually when attacked by another male-run society.
After a great deal of suffering and destruction, a newer, better, usually more warlike society emerges, and the cycle begins again.
The moderating influence of women’s skills in sustaining life, communities, and in general getting things done without breaking a lot of stuff and posturing, are suppressed.
trends toward species that can survive, how is it that humans continually go through these cycles of creation and self-imposed destruction – a cycle which may soon come to an end due to the confluence of nuclear war, global warming, resistance viruses and bacteria, and overpopulations and environmental destruction.
How did we get here, we men who have been in charge for 3000 years?
And why are we in charge?
There are numerous theories on this.
My favorite is embedded in the book Sex, Time and Power
which begins with the observation that the human female is only one of four mammals worldwide who are available for sex at any time (others all have seasons), and the human female is the only mammal continually losing iron through menstruation, birth, and nursing, and the human female is the only mammal who does not know when she is fertile. And the human male is the only mammal who desires sex any and all times. This led to a partnership in which men traded iron in the form of meat for sex and co-management of the tribe.
About 3000 years ago, archeological record shows that something happened – men shifted the relationship from partnership to dominance.
Why and what happened then are covered beautifully in the book, but suffice it say, the author does a very credible job of tracing that change to the violence and competitiveness that now dominates almost all societies and may destroy our world.
Other books, most notably, The Wimp Factor, play this out, describing the fear men have of the feminine, especially their feminine side, and react by brutalizing women and fighting each other to prove their manhood, physically, economically, and politically.
So this is what mansworld.not is all about – why do men fear the feminine, especially the feminine in themselves, what damage to themselves, women, society and the world does this cause, and how can we change the way men are raised to change this.
So where does religion come in? All monotheistic fundamentalist religions share one characteristic – they are scared to death of women, they hate the feminine, and they repress and suppress women. Why this should be is the subject of another post.