It was my great honor to be included in the inspirational documentary making the rounds now, Femme: Women Healing the World. If you'd like to view it, please click here: http://ykr.be/4ik59m1n6 As one of the contributors, I met wonderful women and men, including Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D who I invited to my column as a guest blogger. Please enjoy Part 1 of Down with Patriarchy! Make Way for Femme, Women Healing the World....
The inspiring new award winning, feature length documentary film, entitled FEMME: Women Healing the World, directed by Emmanuel Itier and executive produced by Sharon Stone, has recently opened in both Los Angeles and New York City. Coast to coast, audiences are giving it a standing ovation and leave the theatre brimming with excitement. FEMME features over 100 women from all over the world sharing their views on how women will be the driving force to heal our troubled world. We see and hear in FEMME from global female leaders, Nobel Laureate’s, former Prime Ministers, actresses, musicians, teachers and women from all walks of life from all over the world.
It has been my experience at these screenings, as a co-producer and as one of the women featured in the film to sense the excitement that FEMME creates. It’s much like when a stone is skipped across a pond and we stand back and watch its ripple effect go out into the world.
We are delighted to hear from men and women alike that they are now eager to do something constructive to help heal our Mother Earth. Science now tells us that on a quantum level when love and positivity are the primal objectives in prayer and meditation that we are at affect in making a recognizable contribution to a more favorable outcome.
This phenomena is much like the famous chaos theory, by James Lovelock, that states,”It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” FEMME seems to be causing a “butterfly effect” all it own. Because much like the caterpillar possesses imaginal cells, that unbeknownst to the caterpillar cause it to transform into a chrysalis and then like magic to be and become a butterfly. We humans also possess imaginal cells in our hearts but we simply do not know how to activate them and become the butterflies of our own higher consciousness. A consciousness that connects us to the Gaia principle. For the most part we attribute love, compassion and nurturing to the FEMME spirit, FEMME means woman in the French language. Could it be that once we embrace the FEMME spirit that each of us might be able to transform ourselves and our planet by balancing what has long been missing from our lives, which is the feminine aspect of loving and nurturing in a “whole-listic” way? If we take responsibility for the holistic healing of ourselves as individuals and the holistic healing of the world collectively, might this be a better direction then the way the industrial military paradigm (driven primarily by the Patriarchy) has take us? Is it that primeval call within us to activate our inner butterfly that can help each of us become the transformative change we want to see take place on this planet?
In order for us to see where we are headed, let’s look back and see where we have been in order to get a clear picture in this case of why I have called the title of this piece, Down with Patriarchy. For myself, it has to come tumbling down because as I journeyed back in time with many of the women from FEMME as my guide, I needed to go back 1000’s of years. Because it was 1000’s of years ago that this shift to the patriarchy occurred. A very big shift from women being worshiped as idols and Goddesses and being 100% responsible for creating life, to having absolutely no role in human reproduction at all. As Miriam Robbins Dexter, in FEMME states: “From the earliest homo sapiens sapiens to at least 4000 BCE, the indigenous people were goddess-worshipping and were equalitarian. There is very little evidence of warfare.”
How is that we modern American Women could arrive in the twenty first century and still not have equal rights with men? Just how is possible that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has still not passed congressionally? It is 3 states short of becoming reality in 1982 and still remains this way, even though year after year it has been taken out and dusted off again and still not passed muster. How is it possible that women still make 77 cents to every one dollar that men are paid for doing the same job, leaving us deprived at retirement of approximately $400,000? These questions and many more have been haunting me as result of FEMME causing me to research the how’s and why’s of where we have come from and what we have gone through to arrive here at this very moment in today with so much at stake. And it seems that more questions arise each time I see FEMME. It is very interesting to watch the male members of the audiences’ reaction to FEMME and for the most part I have found, especially younger men to be 100% behind the film. However sometimes when I speak publicly or through social media some men will accuse me and other assertive woman, as having a domineering feminist agenda. I wonder how they would feel if they did not have equal rights under the US Constitution? How can any one in their right mind, if they want to heal this planet leave out 50% of its world population?
Many of the screenings for FEMME have included a Q & A following the film and questions are often taken from the audience. We can feel the empowerment occurring as people one by one become inspired to be a part of what I refer to as the FEMME Prime Directive.
It’s only natural for me to think this way because, I guest starred as an actress on an episode of Star Trek entitled, The Apple back in 1967. The Apple has become famous as it is one of the very few Star Trek episodes where the Prime Directive was violated. Just what is the Star Trek Prime Directive? The Prime Directive is basically the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution and this is considered sacred. No Star Fleet personnel should violate this directive unless absolutely necessary and it was absolutely necessary in The Apple. A similar result has taken place, where the people of Delta Trianguli Vi lived to only be in service to and worship their god, Vaal. Their own Patriarchal leader forbade love, love making and even reproduction in their world. And so we stepped the landing party stepped in to set them back on course. But look what the Patriarchy has done to our own Mother Planet, with its wars and devastating weapons. The yin/yang principle of balance and living in harmony with nature has been violated in every way possible, primarily by the industrial military complex. This complex is now so advanced in its weapons of mass destruction that if it moves into space, with space based weapons, it will threaten our entire multi-verse and there will be no turning back. The Patriarchy has acted like some conquering alien species with little or no regard for the future of this planet and that is a clear violation of our most human Prime Directive which is not to just to boldly go but to be the good shepherds and stewards of this beautiful blue ball.
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