The totality of individual and institutional forms of power create a system whose balance is fundamentally driven by energetic forces. Every person plays a role in a system, choices reinforce or diffuse this energetic power.
When a paradigm of power, such as patriarchy, is built upon aggregation, aggression and monopolization, it will fight with all of its might to maintain its power resources, believing that one group can only rise by inflicting direct harm and loss to the other. A zero sum game.
In particular, when a hostile or exploitative form of masculine power is dominant, such as in the case of patriarchy, there is a fierce and violent reaction to any sign that another paradigm of power might be on the rise. All perceived vulnerabilities are exploited with the sole purpose of destruction. These energetic battalions are unleashed to prevent any diminishment in their power, literally creating power structures that lock in their power and lock out the power of “others”. In a patriarchal system, some of the forms these energetic battalions manifest as include:
- Economic inequality (systemic wage gap and barriers to wealth creation), including control over women’s (re)productive capacities and rights. Disproportionate property rights also reflect the view of women as property rather than as rights holders.
- Specific boundaries on women’s range(s) of activity, mobility, and social mores, particularly those that reinforce a power structure biased towards locking in and locking out access to power and resources.
- Representation of women in cultural narratives, including news media and entertainment, that systematically degrades, denies, dilutes, misrepresents/co-opts or destroys their value and significance.
- Disproportionate representation in executive leadership irrespective of the composition of the population.
- Controlled access and quality of education and/or hostility towards women in certain academic fields to prevent them from entering (generally the most lucrative or prestigious).
- Political outcasting, slander/libel, heightened (often unequal) scrutiny and attacks on perceived vulnerabilities (our current election). Creating a common “enemy” out of women who act outside the normative structure is so common that “witches” and “witch hunts” are still popularized tactics both in language and actual behavior.
- Using force and might to instill fear, pain and defeat in the other side. Think guns and domestic abuse (murder rate). Or rape as a weapon of war. Or systematic sexual assault on college campuses.
- Claims of being endowed to a higher power order of the masculine, by direct (unquestioning) ordainment from the “all mighty”, with correlated with religious laws restricting women and their potential.
When existing power structures face the pressure of change from within and without, this intensifying pressure can create “structural tendencies” or fractures in the system. From a systemic standpoint, when institutions fracture, their internal integrity becomes severely compromised, irrespective of whether or not their external appearance seems sound. Massive civilizational changes can actually occur quite quickly, whether planned or unplanned. Fractures allow light and energy to penetrate and can spread rapidly in unexpected directions, sometimes at great force.
During a major transition in the gender order, patriarchal cultures unleash “thrashers” — forces fighting to maintain or acquire power over women by any means available, “thrashing about violently” to blockade or destroy the perceived threat. Given their potent energetic might, thrashers serve as “hardliners” on the front line of regime change and as attackers of all sources of feminine power. When dealing with thrashers, it is critical to remember that their energy can multiply quickly and lead to destructive outcomes. The perception or fear of potential power lost can drive extreme levels of animosity, including hate speech, outright threats and violent acts. These tendencies are easily capitalized upon by preying forces seeking to amass a following based upon this core fear and perceived loss of power.
These are the gender dynamics of regime change and describe the transition to a new gender order.