Opinion: Now that we have your attention


It’s not really about sex, it’s about power. Power (Dictionary.com): “The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” Now that a power dynamic so prevalent in our societies for millennia is being exposed as the disgusting injustice that it is, and powerful heads are rolling, how do we further the conversation beyond sex into one regarding the very nature of our troubled species and the balancing of our planetary systems? While we have your attention, what more do we want to say? That the soul of the world can no longer sustain the abusive power dynamic between the masculine and the feminine? That forcing the feminine “with all of its balancing, wise, nurturing, life-giving, and life-supporting qualities” face down into the covers while our world is burning hurts everyone? That women not being sought out and invited to the table en masse, and employing their solutions to a world at war, is short-sighted and ignorant? That masturbating into a potted plant while we are forced to watch is the perfect metaphor for the feminine being forced to watch the mindless, addicted behavior of the unbalanced masculine dumping his insatiable greed upon our precious planet and her innocent creatures? I find myself amazed by this precious moment, when there is a chink in the armor, and I’m wondering how we might collectively keep it open. Only when the damaged underbelly is exposed can the healing take place. We are all complicit in the miasma of oppression plaguing our global society. What can we demand, at this pivotal moment? What radical ideas might suddenly make sense? The news cycle will shift. People will tire of the allegations. The danger is that the serious subject of abuse of power will degenerate into prurient gossip, and the opportunity currently presenting itself will slip away. When a dam breaks, the waters it unleashes are powerful and destructive. What constructions that our society has built would we like to see washed clean away? How can we direct those waters for the benefit of society and the planet, before they evaporate and lose themselves in the ocean? Tara Lupo lives in El Prado.


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P. Krisan

Well. That was utterly sexist. I suppose ALL or most women are quote "balancing, wise, nurturing, life-giving, and life-supporting ' and All or most men are quote 'mindless, addicted behavior of the unbalanced masculine dumping his insatiable greed upon our precious planet and her innocent creatures?'

What Evidence do you have of this? Let's get into specifics. Men often do the hardest, backbreaking jobs in society. Men do the longest hours away from their families to Provide for them. Men take fewer hours off at the workplace. Most good men will do anything necessary, sacrificing themselves, self care , years and decades to provide for their families often at great health risk. They die younger.

They have the greatest suicide rates. They are divorced mostly by women who take half of their earnings and property.

There is no such thing as toxic masculinity, there is just the 'Masculine Energy' that has protected women and children from the Beginning of Time, from invaders, from economic strife, starvation, and having to do ANY of the Heavy Work needed to build Infrastructure and a Society.

Women are not UNINVITED to the table, Today, they mostly do not want to be. There are No Barriers in Western Society from Women stepping up and taking charge and having input. The LAW of the LAND prohibits it.

Women are considering themselves to be Independent and Strong, while on the other hand PLAYING being weak and needing to be coddled from cradle to grave as Victims of the Male, while gleaning off his hard work and efforts- it's Ludicrous! Choose. You either have Power, or you don't. You want Personal Responsibility for your own life, then PAY the dues! Everything that comes from that.

OR, choose a good man to complete your life-who will go out and do the hard work for you, your family, and do it without reservation. That's the difference between Men and Women,.

MEN don't COMPLAIN so much, even when they are being Constantly Attacked- Wrongly.

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Elaine Taylor

I can't believe you wasted ink printing "Readers React Online" from P. Krisan. The assumptions and generalities made in the piece demonstrate this persons lack of knowledge and education. Using phrases like "most men" and "men often" are ignorant. This persons obvious disregard and lack of respect for women is astounding to me. Using phrases like "women play being weak and need to be coddled" only point to this persons one lived experience and this kind of stupidity makes me so grateful for my husband who understands his given spot at the top of the patriarchal food chain and I appreciate how hard he works to understand the perspective of others who are not in this position of power.

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