Feb 24, 2012 @ 23:06:31
Hi Lauren, I got to your Guardian article with Gloria Steinem too late to comment, and I just wanted to say thank you for a great article.
I wonder about how we can get the world back into a balance of masculinity and femininity, which is the only way we will ever achieve a sustainable relationship with our environment
What you said about “Cultures that put all “honour” in the purity of “their” women”, and “purity” is just the other side of the coin” has helped me to realise that these cultures are still too close to their tribal roots, and this may be typical of developing countries and older entrenched cultures.
It’s a difficult problem because there will always be marginal lands where governance is weak. We can’t escape geography.
I also think that those recruited to violence in war zones are not the real problem, although they may be traumatised. It’s the psychos who get control in these situations who are really dangerous. Recent work has shown that psychopaths are not necessarily dangerous unless they are abused or neglected in childhood.
Hopefully it’s these kinds of insights which will help us to focus in on the effective solutions.
Some of the comments were asking ‘what is rape’
I think we must be clear that any invasion of another person’s body or personal space, physically, sexually or emotionally is unacceptable to an evolving society.
That is as true for a man as for a woman, as I know from needing years of personal development to learn to protect my own personal space.
Keep up the good work.
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