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Relationships with a Majority

Original post: www.rogerbburtphd.com.  

It is that time of year. The primary is over and we have to move into full campaign gear. Campaigns do not begin in the fall. They properly begin now. That is, if you are serious about wanting to win! And serious is what progressives need to be as we work to turn back the tide of right-wing radicals.

And this is the time of year when we rightly focus on our relationships with minorities. I plan to do that, but there is also a leading majority which has caught my attention. If it had not caught my attention, I would have to be brain-dead. And it relates to the War on Women. This new war, which blew up out of the desert of state legislators, clearly points up the need for women to be much more prominent in politics, and leadership positions in general.

And that means we have to be much more proactive in seeking out women as candidates for office and, when we find them, give them our utmost support. Need I point out that we have such a candidate in Wendy Rosen? The choice is not an idle one. Spread the word. The outcome of women entering into politics in ever-increasing numbers represents a sea change in society, with implications we might not have thought about previously. 

The War on Women tells us that we need to pay particular attention to gender relations. Surprise! Well, surprise for a reason which has been given less attention than it should. We already know that race relations are far worse than we would hoped for, or might have thought, but we now also need to understand some fundamental truths about gender relations.

One explanation for the War on Women is that we are now seeing some deep underlying problems revealed. It seems that we may be seeing a male backlash as women have become more prominent and, among other things, have gained control of their fertility. Now, women are under attack and the nature of the attack is astounding.

Previously, I noted that the legislative initiatives across the country would serve not just to undermine women’s health, but the well-being of families in general. The attacks are so widespread that it is impossible to attribute the activities to “ooops!” as a function of ideology. And it is being done in the open, and seemingly, without insight or understanding. It is not a stretch of imagination to suggest that this is not just ideological, as the right-wing has gained power. It seems it may be a manifestation of male power needs.

Sorry, guys, I have to say this. What is happening is not just a matter of misguided policies, ideology or slightly impaired judgment. This is serious, with deep implications for the well-being of all of us. It is time to put a clear focus on what is happening. In fact, this is not merely a matter of “gender relations”. Something more fundamental is going on and it would serve us well if we did self-examination and, I suspect, that academics might chime in with some observations from biology and cultural anthropology which would surely clarify the situation. We need to get this under control. The stakes are high and it is high time.

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