April 4th, 2007

Gender and Politics

What I've previously posted at LJ:
http://asher63.livejournal.com/6644.html (April 2004)
http://asher63.livejournal.com/69614.html (August 2006 - posted in response to la_luna_llena)
http://asher63.livejournal.com/987.html

My political blog:
http://asher813.typepad.com/dreams_into_lightning/
http://asher813.blogspot.com/


From my essay on "Women and Power":
If you were raised as a girl, you learned that “to be a girl is to be weak”; if you were raised as a boy, you learned that “to be weak is to be a girl.” It is understandable that women and gays, traditionally excluded from the patriarchal power structure and more often its victims than its beneficiaries, will be tempted make a virtue of necessity and condemn all forms of force and power. This is a mistake. To eschew participation in the power process because of a misplaced fear of “the master’s tools” is an abdication of the very power women rightfully seek to claim.