We should take the time to hear the stories of strong women that exemplify the power individuals have to change the world.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, is one of them. She speaks about the role of women in world peace. Ebadi and all female judges in Iran were dismissed after the Islamic Revolution, because women were forbidden from passing judgment. She became a defense lawyer for human rights. Ebadi was exiled from Iran. The government put her family in prison and took her property in order to silence her.
I exist in a constantly changing world. One that at present seems full of fear, anger, hate, and chaos. However, I sense and see a change coming. Transition that brings the promise of love, contentment, and serenity. How do I live in and through this period of development? How can I be a part of it and work to encourage and influence it positively?
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
I must work to go inside of myself, explore, and get in touch with all aspects of who I am and what I am made of. The good, bad, and ugly. If something/someone outwardly affects me, then I need to ask myself, “What is it inside of me that I am bothered by? What problems do I have accepting parts of me? What have I buried or made unconscious or denied?”
The more I look to understand, accept, and love all the myriad ways and the wondrous mosaic that my being is, the easier I will tolerate and live amongst differences and embrace the full spectrum of cultures and humans I come in contact with. Continue reading “Living in the Feminine World”→
Let’s take a moment to think about all the problems the US is facing today. We have wildfires consuming the Pacific Northwest, Montana, and California. Hurricane Harvey is flooding Texas and Hurricane Irma nearing Florida. The whole country either needs water or it has too much, and that’s only in the US. Here in Moscow, where I live, there’s so much smoke in the air that we are now at a hazardous air quality. The world has become a gray haze outside my windows. I can’t enjoy the breeze at night or else I risk waking up in a cloud of smoke and hurting my cat’s lungs.
Last semester I wrote a post about Ecofeminism. It was tied to the idea that women and nature are linked and that for women to be free, nature must also be free. Today I wantto go more in depth with that idea.
Where did Ecofeminism come from?
Ecofeminism came into its modern state in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in an academic setting. Ecofeminism could be found mostly in the academic world for most of the seventies and then in the eighties, ecofeminism became for prevalent outside of the academic world. It is very popular in India, where the Chipko movement exists, this movement was for the protection of forests against deforestation. The term was coined in 1974 by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne and combines the ideas of gender equality, of nonpatriarchal and nonlinear structures, and of the world that respects organic processes.
The main book that I used as a base for much of my last post was called Healing the Wounds: The Promise of Ecofeminism which is a collection of essays edited by Judith Plant. It was published in 1989. There are more recently published books on this subject, the most recent one I can find being published in 2014. Although I am very certain that there are more recent books.