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Sustainability and sexism

Sometimes, the world is just trying to tell me something. Occasionally, I get the message.

First, I read yesterday's excellent "Momma PhD" post by Susan O'Doherty, which spoke to her own realization of her earlier presumption of privilege.

August 17, 2009
 
 

Sometimes, the world is just trying to tell me something. Occasionally, I get the message.

First, I read yesterday's excellent "Momma PhD" post by Susan O'Doherty, which spoke to her own realization of her earlier presumption of privilege.

Then I got an email notifying me of the current issue of the PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development, which focuses particularly on education for same. What drew my attention was the body of the notification email, which made reference to there being "evidence that the exclusion of women from roles of religious authority is an obstacle to the 'integral human development of both men and women'".

Finally, for relaxation, I'm reading "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson. I'm still in the middle of it, but my sense is that one of the key themes is (believe it or not) the transition of early Judaism from a monolatristic to a monotheistic religion -- the one and only god being, of course, male.

So the hint of an idea that's beginning to germinate in my alleged mind is along the lines of "is the current multi-dimensional (ecological, economic, social) sustainability crisis -- at least in large part -- due to Western civilization's long history of masculine hegemony (a word which I had never intended to use in this blog)?"

And, if so, does that point to any useful strategies or tactics in our efforts to reorient society away from unsustainable practices? Or does it just incite needless resistence and antipathy on the part of religious proponents of responsible planetary stewardship?

Arrrggggghh!

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