Sexism is Sabotaging Human Evolution
At this point in global history, we don't have time for sexism.
Hence our sense of urgency in discussing this issue.
Sexism, the oppression of women in the form of men taking or being given leadership rolls where they are less competent, less ethical, or lack a holistic nurturing vision, stunts the progress that would otherwise be achieved with women in positions of power and decision making. Not just running fundraisers, but prioritizing how the wealth of nations, movements and households is spent.
In this podcast, psychologist Melissa Farley explains her understanding of the intimately connected exploitation of women and exploitation of the earth. Multinational corporations and governments designate so-called "sacrifice zones" for resource extraction and in the process they exploit both men and women. Poor men are exploited for their labor, and women are provided to pacify them after what is usually miserable and dangerous labor. Eventually, when the resources are depleted or the land is destroyed, or environmentalists protest, and the resource extraction stops, the sex trade nonetheless continues. In sexist cultures where women can't make enough to survive, prostitution becomes entrenched. Melissa Farley quotes Lisa Brunner, White Earth Ojibwe at the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, and anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday.