A documentary on CBC’s Doc Zone dared to utter the “F Word”. “Feminism. Does the word have any meaning in 2011? Or, at least a meaning that all women can agree on? Has it become the “F Word”? Tainted and stained with connotations that alienate some women and men. Or is it simply irrelevant in the 21st Century?”
A question I have often asked myself as I explored the world of feminism but became increasingly dissatisfied with using the term feminist to self-identify. The collections of writings that you now see here forms the basis of an ongoing literary dialogue representing a journey of musing on various topics such as; religion, politics, feminism, philosophy, humanism, gender relationships, ethics, human rights, civil liberties, social activism, technology, spirituality, environment, and ecology.
My writings emerged from a place of disenchantment of what a feminist should be and oddly enough the more I learned about feminism the more alienated and distant I felt from the movement. These writings emerged from a deep sense of urgency and concern for our present way of living which will not sustain us in the decades and generations to come. In order to preserve our world, we need to change human thinking and behavior of where we fit into the scheme of things and make the necessary changes to make that happen. For me personally, I thought feminism was the best vehicle to express those concerns and to join the thousands of individuals already tasked with this enormous assignment since this responsibility does not rely solely on just one individual or entity. Yet at the same time, one cannot turn a blind eye to the wealth of progress and opportunity that feminism has brought to our present day society.
Climate change is making us realize how profoundly dependent we are on the health of our planet. In the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness we are competing for scarce resources and living in ways that our planet will not allow. Global warming is now a command that we must live differently. We need to change the human behavior of where we fit into the scheme of things and for that, a paradigm shift needs to take place of who we think we are. Religion, the economy, and governments all agree on a basic anthropology one that supports and celebrates the needs and wants of the individual. As such a powerful statement is being made as it informs conscious and unconscious assumptions of its citizens in regards to what they can and should do in their personal, professional and public lives. These pillars of society; religion, economy, and government spread a canopy of individualism blessing it while at the same time creating a formidable barrier against alternative anthropology.Does it make any difference of what we do in our personal lives if the culture and political structures are against us? For example, can we change the system structures that are fueling our energy explosion that is producing global warming? Corporate and political institutions of our society pose enormous barriers to such change. As citizens, we have the power to change the government(s) and that means changing people’s priorities to vote differently, therefore, we need a substantial shift on voting bodies of what we want the government to do.
But first, we should turn to Anthropology to helps us understand who we are as human beings, where we fit into the scheme of things and we need a comprehensive re-visioning of what it means to be human living on a finite planet. Therefore I chose, through a feminist lens, to explore the concept of humanism and what it means to be human as a means to write from a place of unity instead of focusing on gender divides. Bits of my biography from what I was taught will emerge mainly as illustrations to my arguments. My theology is personal, not individualistic and should in no shape or form be viewed as a self-indulgent irrelevancy. I share these stories only to provoke thought and to provide some shape and sense to my personal journey that inspired me to pick up the pen and write.