Monday, May 12, 2014
at the historical values of our species
Released by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC
it was women who, aside from reproducing the human race also became the
first producers. The renowned US sociologist W.I. Thomas (1863-1947) wrote
concerning the early life of women and men in what Evelyn Reed described in
her famous book “Women’s Evolution” as the Matriarchal Commune”
Men did the hunting and fighting. He was attached to the woman but he was
not steady. He did not stay at home.
The woman and the child were the core of society, the fixed point, the point
to which man came back. There consequently grew up a sort of dual society
and duel activity. Man represented the more violent and spasmodic
activities, involving motion and skilled coordination, as well as
organization for hunting and fighting, while woman carried on the steady,
settled life…her attention was turned to industries, since these were
compatible with settled and stationary habits.
And then Thomas goes on to describe these women centered activities.
“Agriculture, pottery, weaving, tanning, and all the industrial processes
involved in working up the by-products of the chase, were developed by her.
She domesticated man and assisted him in domesticating the animals. She
built her house, and it was hers. She did not go to her husband’s group
after marriage. The child was hers and remained a member of her group. The
germ of social organization was, indeed, the woman and her children and her
children’s children. The old women were the heads of civil society, though
the men had developed a fighting organization and technique which eventually
swallowed them up. (Sex and Society, pp. 227-29).
This version of early family groupings (called “exogamy” which means young
people must mate or marry outside their own grouping) seems to be generally
accepted by most anthropologists. And if we look around at the global
situation today we see that W.I. Thomas was also right about another
thing…the fighting organizations and techniques that men have developed are
indeed swallowing up the world big time.
And the women alive today are much the worse for it as are their children.
Even women in the developed world are losing ground as their work efforts
are increasingly being made to pay for men’s war machines, and in many
countries the children women have always tried to protect, are being killed
and maimed by these guns, killing machines, and bombs developed and deployed
by men. The men who design and produce these destructive weapons grow
grossly rich and stuffed with money while women, children and poorer men
suffer and die.
The same male in-group attraction to aggression and assault also design and
deploy dangerous weapons that are used against the earth to extract equally
dangerous substances that continue to threaten our entire race to
Under the cloud of this unspeakable threat women are struggling to become
economically independent as producers in the market place on smaller wages,
while fulfilling their biological role as reproducers of the human race, an
activity that brings much debt along with great love. Women today stand as
producers and reproducers while they get very little respect with even less
decision making power.
To have a special day set aside to honour mothers seems almost an affront
when male in-groups are still dictating to women how and what women can
produce in the labour market, but even more tellingly, also how they can
reproduce. Both areas are rife with the outrageous disrespect and contempt
for mothers that women live with every day. I believe the day will come when
there will no longer be a Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) because respect for
women (and men who rear children) will be built into society’s bones.
In the meantime, a happy mother’s day to all mothers everywhere.
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