And she spoke “Me too.”
“Me too.” That is the first post I read on Facebook yesterday.
“Me too.” That is the first post I posted on Facebook yesterday.
To the person that started this, thank you. Thank you for inspiring women across the world to have the courage to speak up. Thank you for having the courage to ignite a chain-reaction of words that will lead continue to lead us to action.
No more sexual abuse and violence against women and girls. No more fear that our bodies are objects of perverted and unconscious desires. No more trauma stored in the spirit bodies of our feminine ancestors. No more trauma stored in our bodies, and our daughter’s bodies. No more language that diminishes the gravity of this abuse. No more systems, structures, norms and mental programs that cast women and girls as inferior.
For the opposite is true:
In Eleanor Burke Leacock’s ground-breaking book entitled, “Myths of Male Dominance,” she draws upon historical and cross-cultural research that debunks the widely accepted assumption that women have always been inferior to men. While our modern culture has been tricked into believing women have been locked into inferior roles or relegated to gender enslavement for time immemorial, Leacock provides strong evidence that claims of male superiority “are based on carefully constructed “falsehoods,” and that “women’s oppression is far from natural and that it can be overcome.”
Women are not inferior to men, and, on the contrary, have been, and still are, powerful players on the world’s stage. The time for healing our perceptions and changing the narrative is here.
A Personal Note
The other day I spoke with a Native Hopi man at a local festival in the city I live in about Kachina dolls he was selling. These beautiful dolls are crafted to represent and embody the Spirits that guide their peoples. When I asked why women did not dance in the Kachina ceremonies, as I have learned prior to our conversation, he spoke about the belief that because women bleed, we are seen as dirty, and thus, the native Hopi women were prevented from directly participating in the dances. Whether or not this is the full story, I cannot say, but only am relying upon what he shared with me.
I held back my tears and kindly remarked that a woman’s blood is not dirty, but actually holds incredible energetic and psychic power. During moon time, our prayers are amplified, our emotions can create Tsunamis and our power of seeing beyond the veil is lifted to the status of Shamans and Seers.
Women are not dirty, we are fucking powerful, and any force that feels threatened by this power will attempt to have power over us. So, we witness thousands of year of patriarchal rule, but as Leacock’s book shows us, most of this patriarchal rule has been deliberately crafted to fit within a perceptual framework that suits the oppressor. Truth is, the history books have been rewritten, the women’s lodges were burned, and the true story of women’s power systematically erased from our public knowledge in an effort to create an erroneous version of history, and build a future where women are enslaved.
In many ways, the damage has been done, and elite rulers, religious authorities, and even the common man were able to successfully erase women from the history books. Women’s oppression is now intertwined within every facet of our world — political, social, familial, economic, and religious. There is no denying that 1 out of 3 women worldwide will become involved in an abusive relationship with a male. And the official 1 out of 5 statistic, that women in America have been sexually assaulted, feels gravely underrepresented.
Despite the success of the patriarchal agenda and the story of women’s power siloed from our cultural narrative, women can still reach into the depth of their cellular memory, and remember the fire of empowerment that has been within us since the feminine form was placed upon this planet. Nothing can ever be hidden forever. We will remember our history and we will be a direct participant in balancing the scales of justice and power. And it starts with simple acts of rebellion and courage such as “Me too.”
The movement for women’s liberation from violence, and the equal stance among men requires a radical healing within these systems, which are supported and reinforced by a capitalistic and spiritually dark hegemony. Radical and longstanding healing will require the awareness of mind control programs, and the unseen dark beings that thrive off of violence against women.
Don’t believe me? Ask some women who have been severely beaten or sexually abused and they will tell you it appeared that the man was “possessed” or “under the control of a dark force.”
I am one of those women.
Healing the violence against women must be addressed multidimensionally. Some of us will go the political route, some will address it within our educational systems, some will use their art to ignite a fire of purification, and some will walk between both worlds and cast out the dark beings that rule from behind the scenes and prey upon the weak, the drunk and the unconscious.
Whatever path we choose, may we stand up for our mothers, our wives, our sisters and our daughters and say no more. May we block the mining company from raping our Earth and say no more. May we challenge the controlling male who dictates to his wife and say no more. May we tell that wife how beautiful and powerful she is and that she has the power to say no more.
No more my sisters and brothers. May the Light of Love move through our veins and awaken us to the enslavement and hypnotic trance we have all been under — for patriarchy does not just hurt women, it also traumatizes men and boys as well.