Vision of the Future

I have a dream of what could be our future world.

In my dream the world is teeming with elk, deer, and antelope herds so abundant that we never have to buy meat from the store ever again. The streams, rivers, and springs always flow with clean drinkable water, so that we always have water to drink, for our gardens, and for all the other living beings. We no longer have any need for government infrastructure.

Sonoran Desert Spring – Photo by Susan H.

In my future world, human communities come together to take care of all the children, elderly, and disabled in our community, so never again does anyone need government assistance to survive. Every adult member of our community is expected to take part in care-giving. Our elders step up to guide our communities, and never again do we need government law to keep our communities healthy and thriving.

We become a classless society, so no one needs to do extra work that benefits upper classes who don’t even live in our communities. The two parent and single parent family units are disabled, and the community creates housing for every community member, depending on individual preferences. Even children are allowed to choose where they live.

Every woman is given the choice and the education they need to wisely limit the number of children they have. Our culture is such that no woman needs to be separated from her infant, and every member of our community is expected to watch after and teach older children. We teach each other skills and pass down knowledge.

We learn to live in balance with the land who feeds us. Every member of our community contributes. Some are gardeners, some are teachers, some are hunters, some are midwives and herbalists, others are builders. Some are storytellers, musicians, and weavers. Some are traders who bring back rare items from other healthy communities. We have potters and tanners. Everyone participates and the children eagerly learn to do something useful for our communities. We become wild humans who respect and care for the living world around us.

The good of all is our highest priority.

Humans become stewards of the land; we work to make the land where we live healthy and diverse. All the wild creatures want to live in the lands we care for. A few people choose to be farmers, and they care for small herds of cows, goats, sheep, and pigs where the land can sustain them. These animals choose to live near us and are no longer fenced in. Their population is kept small so that they do not damage the land.

We take from the land only what we need and defend the land from those who want to extract resources for profit. The buying and selling of land and resources is not allowed.

The health of our human communities mirrors the land where we live.

I have a dream of what could be. In my dream the world is teeming with elk, deer, and antelope herds so abundant that we never have to buy meat from the store ever again. The streams, rivers, and springs always flow with clean drinkable water, so that we always have water to drink, for our gardens, and for all the other living beings. We no longer have any need for government infrastructure.

In my future world, human communities come together to take care of all the children, elderly, and disabled in our community, so never again does anyone need government assistance to survive. Every adult member of our community is expected to take part in caregiving. Our elders step up to guide our communities, and never again do we need government law to keep our communities healthy and thriving. We become a classless society, so no one needs to do extra work that benefits upper classes who don’t even live in our communities. The two parent and single parent family units are disabled, and the community creates housing for every community member, depending on individual preferences. Even children are allowed to choose where they live. Every woman is given the choice and the education they need to wisely limit the number of children they have. Our culture is such that no woman needs to be separated from her infant, and every member of our community is expected to watch after and teach older children. We teach each other skills and pass down knowledge. We learn to live in balance with the land who feeds us. Every member of our community contributes. Some are gardeners, some are teachers, some are hunters, some are midwives and herbalists, others are builders. Some are storytellers and musicians and weavers. Some are traders who bring back rare items from other healthy communities.  We have potters and tanners. Everyone participates and the children eagerly learn to do something useful for our communities. We become wild humans who respect and care for the living world around us. The good of all is our highest priority.

Humans become stewards of the land; we work to make the land where we live healthy and diverse. All the wild creatures want to live in the lands we care for. A few people choose to be farmers, and they care for small herds of cows, goats, sheep, and pigs where the land can sustain them. These animals choose to live near us and are no longer fenced in. Their population is kept small so that they do not damage the land. We take from the land only what we need and defend the land from those who want to extract resources for profit. The buying and selling of land and resources is not allowed.

I dream of a world full of flowers and butterflies; a world where the land is full of sacred and mysteriously wild places. I dream of a world so abundant with life that we never again feel lonely.

Two queen butterflies and their favorite milkweeds flowers. Photo by Susan H.

Systems of power are created by humans and can be stopped by humans

Today I was reading a well written, yet depressing post from one of my favorite blogs, Pray for Calamity, and I found myself wanting to respond to this statement:

We exist in a world in which manmade social systems are destroying the life giving biological systems of the Earth. All the while, these social systems have stripped us of any real say over how those same systems function.

This is true. We won’t win this war by following the rules created by those in power.

Systems of power are created by humans and can be stopped by humans. The people in power are not supernatural or immortal, and they can be brought down.

History provides many examples of successful resistance. There is no reason why we can’t do the same.

Of course, there is also reason to be extremely afraid. If we threaten them, they may listen, but they also may punish us with death or imprisonment. If we want to stop those in power from murdering the planet, we will have to face the fear and do what is right anyway.

QotD, rape statistics

Male-pattern violence: At least 1 out of 3 men are rapists.

Anti-Porn Feminists

Not only do large percentages of women report being sexually assaulted, but large percentages of men report committing sexual assaults. In one recent survey (Knight, 2003), 38% of blue-collar men and 15% of male college students admitted having sex with a woman whom they knew did not want to have sex. In another study (Hall, Teten, & Sue, 2003), 38% of European American men and 33% of Asian American men acknowledged sexual coercion of women. In yet another study (Koss, 1998), 25% of men acknowledged sexual aggression, with 4.4% admitting rape. Similarly, in three surveys of U.S. Navy recruits, between 10% and 12% reported committing rape before joining the military (Merrill, 2001). In a study by Malamuth (1981), 35% of male college students indicated they might rape a woman if they could be assured of not getting caught. In circumstances of protracted warfare, rape and group rape become endemic, often…

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QotD: ‘necessary sacrifices’

Anti-Porn Feminists

People often talk about the abuses endured by women and children in the sex trade and pornography as the price of a free society, implying that the lives of these people are a tragic but necessary sacrifice if we are to avoid totalitarianism, censorship and so on. My first reaction is always one of stunned outrage — it is so very evident that the people making the sad preachments about necessary sacrifices are never the ones who are being sacrificed, and the freedom about which they have such tender and righteous feelings does not extend to those who are enslaved to ensure it.

D. A. Clarke, Unleashing Feminism

(found at the Bewilderness)

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QotD: ‘Male violence against women is best enjoyed as guilt free as possible’

I’m sick of media highlighting male violence against women.

Anti-Porn Feminists

I am just not going to mollify anyone getting indignant about me outright stating that men are avid fans of male violence against women for entertainment. Men have no problem identifying with and rooting for misogynistic, abusive, rapist male characters, whether or not they are explicitly vilified in the narrative. Men love Game of Thrones and Vikings, they love getting their share of raped/abused/murdered women in crime dramas and trashy video games and pornography, because they’re “grim” and “realistic/based on a certain time period” and “reflect human nature” and “give men what they really want” and so on and so forth.

But when narratives involving MVAW demand accountability and mete out punishment upon men who rape and abuse women (see: rape-and-revenge films), suddenly portraying men as rapists and abusers is “unfair against men” and “not all men are like that.” Men always want to have it both ways. Dudes…

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Here is a handy explanation of what radfems think of bdsm:

“We argue that BDSM is a sexual practice that hinges on degrading, humiliating, violating, and torturing people (usually women but it is unacceptable in any form). When performed against women it is a mirror of patriarchical violence against women which basically happens everywhere already, only now it is being praised and sexualized.

“We don’t blame women who participate because women are raised and socialized in a system that encourages us to view ourselves as passive recipients, submissive, or even encourages us to view violence as sexuality. This socialization runs deep and begins from the time we are small children (listen to the discourse when a 5 year old boy hits a 5 year old girl, “he likes you!” “boys will be boys!”).”

Anti-Porn Feminists

We argue that BDSM is a sexual practice that hinges on degrading, humiliating, violating, and torturing people (usually women but it is unacceptable in any form). When performed against women it is a mirror of patriarchical violence against women which basically happens everywhere already, only now it is being praised and sexualized.

We don’t blame women who participate because women are raised and socialized in a system that encourages us to view ourselves as passive recipients, submissive, or even encourages us to view violence as sexuality. This socialization runs deep and begins from the time we are small children (listen to the discourse when a 5 year old boy hits a 5 year old girl, “he likes you!” “boys will be boys!”)

We view bdsm as the legitimization of violence against women.
Part of the problem is that no one can truely consent to violence done against them. We believe…

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QotD: “Radical feminist critique of patriarchy has practically been silenced in our culture”

Anti-Porn Feminists

Radical feminist critique of patriarchy has practically been silenced in our culture. It has become a subcultural discourse available only to well-educated elites. Even in those circles, using the word “patriarchy” is regarded as passé. Often in my lectures when I use the phrase “imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to describe our nation’s political system, audiences laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately naming this system is funny. The laughter is itself a weapon of patriarchal terrorism. It functions as a disclaimer, discounting the significance of what is being named. It suggests that the words themselves are problematic and not the system they describe. I interpret this laughter as the audience’s way of showing discomfort with being asked to ally themselves with an antipatriarchal disobedient critique. This laughter reminds me that if I dare to challenge patriarchy openly, I risk not being taken seriously.

bell hooks, Understanding Patriarchy

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