This is just a little aside, but while American and Britsh women have experienced 3 waves of feminism since the early 1900's, the French had something called 'French Feminism'. I'm not sure but I think that consists of women in tight black pencil skirts smoking filter-less Galois cigarettes and sneering "Fuck Vous!" at clueless men on the Champs Elysees.
It wasn't until I read Eckhart Tolle's book "A New Earth" that the enormity of what women have been dealt throughout history hit me. You know we used to rule the world, right? Go back about 13,000 years when matriarchal societies ruled the earth. The shift of power from women to men started in the neolithic period and of course we women saw the signs.
- He became distant.
- Worked late.
- Came home with booze on his breath.
- Suddenly found fault with everything we did.
Now, according to Tolle, we are all spirit and ego and women are less ego driven (unless we're jlo) because we are less mind identified. We are more intuitive. It seems that EGO needed male dominance to flourish and grow. So the great scourge on women began. The sacred feminine was declared demonic and somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 to 5 million women were tortured and killed. Every culture and religion joined in. As we know, the oppression of women still exists in many parts of the world. What this tells me is that men were and are scared shitless of us!
It's widely believed, in certain circles, that the "Return of the Feminine" is in motion. Tolle talks about the increasing worldwide "awakening" that will serve to dissolve the collective ego. "New Age" and "Empowerment" thinking has been evolving since the 80's and is really exploding now. So, I think the big shift is going to happen on....December 21, 2012! And 13,000 years from now some guy is going to be blogging or telepathing about not really having been aware of the whole maleism movement and how he thought it was ridiculous to burn his jock strap when he had waited so long to get his very first one!