Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The real wealth of nations

I recently read an interesting book that I would recommend to others. In The Real Wealth of Nations, author Riane Eisler recommends we move from a dominator form of government and society, mainly headed by males, to one that is based on partnership.  She suggests we would all be better off in a society that values and supports stay at home parents, people in the caring professions, and things which foster a more sustainable means of living on the planet. She notes that throughout the world when women are better educated and have more control of their finances they're more likely to take better care of their children and foster decisions that are better for the community at large.

In yesterday's StarTribune there were several examples of how the dominator forces, primarily of males, continue to shape decisions and activities around the world.  There was an opinion piece on the famous comedian, Bill Cosby, who is accused of raping many women over the years, yet these women felt discounted enough that they didn't either come forth with their experiences, or their testimonies were ignored (Separating the art and the (scumbag) artist.

Elsewhere an article, U.N. report says modern day trafficking is on the rise, mentions children account for one in three human trafficking victims, and that girls account for two out of every three child being trafficked.  It is believed that human trafficking occurs in at leas 152 countries around the world.

In yet another article posted in the StarTribune, available on Yahoo!News, Turkish presidents rounds on feminists, says men and women not equal, we read about how Turkish President Tyyip Erdogan believes that women's 'delicate' nature means it is impossible to place them on equal footing with men.

Finally, in the sports section, one can read about the classic male dominator sport of football.  Because the University of Minnesota's men's football team is having a winning season it is suggested that their multimillion dollar facilities are inadequate (Scroggins: Kill's rebuilding brings the price of success).  Despite having a new $303 million dollar stadium, it simply is not considered to be enough in comparison to Nebraska's football training facility that includes a three story waterfall, and other first class amenities for their male athletes.  

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