Ecosexuals in the Crosshairs

Ecosexual photoshoot at the Mt. Tabor reservoir, in opposition to the draining and destruction of these historical, sanitary, and functional city water solutions. Tragically, we lost this battle through corruption at the EPA.

Ecosexual photoshoot at the Mt. Tabor reservoir, in opposition to the draining and destruction of these historical, sanitary, and functional city water solutions. Tragically, we lost this battle through corruption at the EPA.

In the NOW has created a video on Ecosexuals that is currently making the usual social media rounds. While at first glance, it appears to be a relatively neutral piece in each individual element, the total is far less than satisfactory. It is clear that the content creators purposefully selected only the most titillating video clips and bits of information, taking us entirely outside the context of our own culture; and failing to credit those who have worked to create it. As an activist queer, I would like to state plainly to outside commentators: we are not your clickbait.

I participated in Portland's “Wedding to the Waters” ceremony, and was proud to do so. Part of what In the NOW's video neglected to mention was that these public wedding ceremonies and other rituals are typically held with reference to local and regional ecological issues for the purposes of getting media attention on the legitimate matters at hand. Engaging in public acts of performance art is a non-violent way to garner such necessary attention.

The only alternative on offer right now seems to be rioting.

The roots of this queer ecological movement lie in the work of activist drag and gender-bending performers such as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Emerging in the late 70's, these theatrical tactics have proven successful in fighting hatred against sexual minorities; bringing the AIDS epidemic to national attention; and in fighting breast cancer. Ecosexuality seeks to apply these same non-violent demonstration and fundraising methods to environmental issues.

The woman credited with the creation of this movement is Annie Sprinkle, a porn star and noteworthy member of the BDSM community who has distinguished herself by earning her Ph.D. Along with her partner, Beth Stevens, the two have given their lives to spreading their message of non-violent political action and local resistance to the environmental excesses of a marauding corporate culture. These two, who place a high value on education, are an inspiration to queer youth everywhere - in an era when such positive role models are few and far-between.

I had the privilege of meeting Annie and Beth as a support performer for one of their walking tours. I found them both to be pleasant and down-to-earth people, passionately committed to their cause. The utter lack of narcissism or celebrity syndrome I found in them was quite refreshing. The issues highlighted on the walking tour were all matters of legitimate concern to everyone: our disconnect as human beings from our natural environment; the consequences of industrial pollution; the pillaging of our natural resources for corporate gain; the recent dramatic losses in biodiversity; and so forth.

It is therefore discouraging to see Milo Yiannopolous' outfit jump on In the NOW's video without providing this queer cultural context; as he himself has expressed dismay at the deterioration of our over-all fabulousness as a community. While mud baths and tree licking may not be everyone's cup of tea, it is hard to argue that anyone does it with more aplomb or better costuming than these ladies. After all, what is the harm?

Hyperbolic reactions in the comments to the Milo article reflect dysphoric thinking. If the Earth be inanimate and therefore not worthy of treating in a relationship model, then ecosexual kink practices ought be no more offensive than the use of a dildo or any other sexual aid. In the alternative case, must one ask consent of the dust mites in one's bed when one engages in the most vanilla of sex acts?

Finally, the reality is that the vast majority of ecosexuals do not themselves share these kinks (or dedication to performance art, whichever the personal case may be). In fact, most ecosexuals simply like to make love outdoors in places of unspoiled natural beauty. To that point, who doesn't? As it is, such places where this is safe or even possible are becoming more scarce every day.

At this point, holding our little wedding ceremonies might be considered tantamount to marrying one's lover on her death bed while praying for a miracle.

The Bull Run watershed that provides Portland, Oregon's drinking water. This remarkable place has been carefully preserved and protected through the work of activists since the city's horse-and-buggy days. Greed has placed the purity of our water supply in jeopardy, and water is life.

The Bull Run watershed that provides Portland, Oregon's drinking water. This remarkable place has been carefully preserved and protected through the work of activists since the city's horse-and-buggy days. Greed has placed the purity of our water supply in jeopardy, and water is life.

Katessa Harkey goes to a Trump Rally

While it is true that there are dangerous white supremacist organizations on the prowl stalking youth adherents right now, it is not true that all conservative or right-leaning organizations and leaders are that. Wouldn't the smart thing to do here be to find the most legit and on it young conservative leaders - especially those explicitly rejecting racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia - and encourage their efforts to build non-violent, anti-racist alternatives to the organizations that are really presenting a problem?  

Field Report: Called to the Carpet

Well, we were at it again, folks. I'll let you watch the video and draw your own conclusions about the inciting incident and the hastily-put-together "activist" response. But there were things that happened after I had run out of battery power that deserve to be addressed.

Namely, we have no Peace-keepers on the ground. Literally, none. The police, according to themselves, were charged only with protecting the property and not the protestors. That means that when violence is being threatened, either we deal with it ourselves or they wait until a punch gets thrown, then swoop in and crack heads. The other side seems to be getting its act together in this regard. So where the hell are we?

Another thing that I did catch vid of but chose not to use (because this isn't about doxxing people) is our use of feminine gender privilege in these encounters. We have apparently learned that, since men still can't do anything back to us no matter how we act, that women are the perfect agitators. I saw us go after men who were obviously mentally ill trying to get them to react violently. There is something seriously wrong with that.

I also witnessed a crowd of us Lefties of mixed race and gender gang up on a lone, young black man left over at the end on the front line. The racial slurs I heard pour forth in those long minutes was one of the most disgusting experiences of my life. This protest was supposed to be about anti-racism, and the Left is going to behave like that? All ethics aside, it makes for extremely bad footage the other side can use to bolster their ranks.

I need more of you who are fully dedicated to non-violence and who have mediator training with me out there next time. This was a relatively small action, and there is no way I could have handled anything bigger or worse on my own. If you're interested, let me know.

Yours faithfully,

Katessa Harkey

An Open Letter to the Activist Community at Large

 Dear friends,

Suffice it to say, we are in trouble. The most extreme among us have seized control of both ends of this tug-of-war rope, and are currently investing themselves energetically and in reality in the business of gearing up for all-out Civil War. They have once again chosen for their preferred playing field non-violent protest actions created by the other side; or failing that those created by their own; or failing that cultural events where the other side congregates; or failing that wherever they happen to be.

We have all witnessed the consequences over the last election cycle and in the fall-out since the inauguration of Trump. And while violent white supremacist Nazis are certainly vile; sneaky organization-infiltrating violent communists are equally vile. We really need no lesson on the villainy of Nazis, for we are not they. Rather, we have been subtly programmed to accept the methods of infiltration and subterfuge through the rebranding and appropriation of the term “social justice”.

To whit: the term “social justice warrior” now implies a willingness to exert social pressure on conservative and even liberal individuals up to and including character assassination, economic sabotage, isolation, use of state mechanisms and outright physical violence.

This is not good news, for this places the legacy of the genuine social justice movement in jeopardy. We stand to lose, as baby along with bathwater, all the gains we have made over the last hundred years of long, terrible struggle. Legitimate activism must follow certain parameters, lest it become other than what it is. We know these truths, but we seem to have forgotten. I'm not sure how, for they were certainly a part of my Women's Studies education less than a decade ago.

But here, as a reminder, is a summary:

  1. The Issue must be clearly identifiable and falsifiable; and the needs and desires of the effected community as a whole must be ascertained. This is to ensure that the activism is needed (for efficiency); the issue is in fact real and not an illusory product of some other cause (proper targeting); and the recipient community as a whole agrees that the proposed action will not do them more harm than good.

  2. The action must not infringe upon the human or civil rights of anyone effected. Should this condition be breached, the outcome in the perception of the movement by the populous will be negative, however just the cause.

  3. Respect the sovereignty of other organizations. Do not co-opt the work of other activists to your own cause. Defend your own sovereignty jealously.

  4. For every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. Your opponents will be emboldened to use whatever degree of tactic you use. The State will do as the State does.

  5. Speak only truth. If your opponents catch you in a lie, they will reveal it to the public in order to undermine the credibility of your movement.

  6. All the propaganda is propaganda, including your propaganda. Consider well your hyperbole, for some will take it as writ. Do not forget that you are engaging in a mutually-created para-reality; and beware the echo chamber effect.

  7. You will be judged by the company you keep. Do not accept as part of your ranks organizations or individuals who use tactics you yourself would not use.

  8. You will be judged by the company you exclude. Do not turn away allies in agreement on a particular action simply because you are not in complete ideological agreement on all other points. Take every opportunity you get to make peace and facilitate the finding of common cause, for ultimately we must all rise together.

  9. Change in another must emerge as a realization from within. Such an experience can in no wise be forced. Forced behavioral changes only breed hostility and further entrench the undesirable position. Attitudes are most readily changed through positive peer interaction.

  10. Do not dehumanize the opponent, for if you do not understand him you will underestimate him. Assume the best of your opponent, for nearly everyone believes he is the good guy.

  11. The ends never justify the means. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Be the change you want to see.

If all of us on all sides were to follow these simple guidelines, we would find very quickly that there was much we could work together on for change, beyond the borders of red vs. blue. We all want to end the Drug War. We all want to end the excessive military spending and bring just as many of our troops home as we possibly can. We all want to see our vets get properly taken care of out of respect for their service. We all want to see a draw-down on the militarization of our police forces at home. We all want to ensure net neutrality. We all want to see campaign finance reform.

As a matter of fact, I'm not sure exactly what it is we are fighting over anymore. The words “Nazi” and “Commie”? To what end?

If I knew who to call to arrange it; if we had any such leaders of national import; if there were anyone that everyone was listening to, I would call a meeting of them all forthwith, to negotiate a stay of hostilities until such a time as the real issues facing us as a nation could be handled. What could we not accomplish, if we weren't all too busy squabbling amongst ourselves in the sandbox?

Yours faithfully,

Katessa S. Harkey

Storyteller, Spiral Cult Circus

A Little Competition...

This is just a little demonstration. I make no claim that this would pass laboratory muster, but I thought you'd all be interested in these results. Enjoy!

This germination test was conducted using Delicata squash seeds from a fruit too far gone to eat, but not yet molded on the inside. Delicata is a special kind of squash that you can eat with the skin on; and that sautes up nicely in short order. The flavor is not very different from butternut - and it is one of my favorites!

While I had been warned that produce you get from the store usually offers poor results in terms of germination, I was determined to get some of these little beauties from our yard this year.

Some were placed in individual egg crate cups and given access to earth, water, and sunlight with no competition with one another. As you can see, none of these sprouted.

Some were placed in individual egg crate cups and given access to earth, water, and sunlight with no competition with one another. As you can see, none of these sprouted.

The rest were wrapped in wet toilet tissue, sealed in a plastic ziplock, and placed in a window sill. This was to simulate the natural environment of the seeds without human intervention: surrounded by wet cellulose and competing with one another for resources. 

The rest were wrapped in wet toilet tissue, sealed in a plastic ziplock, and placed in a window sill. This was to simulate the natural environment of the seeds without human intervention: surrounded by wet cellulose and competing with one another for resources. 

Quite a few of these seeds sprouted; and began to grow roots into the surrounding cellulose. The sprouting seeds grew over and around their fellows, some of which had begun to decompose and were being used to nourish the sprouts. Germination took nine days.

Quite a few of these seeds sprouted; and began to grow roots into the surrounding cellulose. The sprouting seeds grew over and around their fellows, some of which had begun to decompose and were being used to nourish the sprouts. Germination took nine days.

This bed was turned and prepared by one of our recent traveling guests. Thank you, friend; and safe journeys!

This bed was turned and prepared by one of our recent traveling guests. Thank you, friend; and safe journeys!

Worm castings were added to the top soil for nutrients. In this style of worm bin, The principle of competition as a driver of natural processes is also apparent: the worms seek upward for the more nutritious food, moving between the middle and top boxes as newer, tastier scraps are added.

Worm castings were added to the top soil for nutrients. In this style of worm bin, The principle of competition as a driver of natural processes is also apparent: the worms seek upward for the more nutritious food, moving between the middle and top boxes as newer, tastier scraps are added.

The sprouts sent roots into the cellulose, and separating these little guys without causing damage was tricky work. Our Garden Guru, Sigma, suggested paper towel as an alternative - in case any of you want to try it at home.

The sprouts sent roots into the cellulose, and separating these little guys without causing damage was tricky work. Our Garden Guru, Sigma, suggested paper towel as an alternative - in case any of you want to try it at home.

And here they are, all planted out. The middle row got the tallest, most developed seedlings and more worm castings. The front got the less developed and fewer castings. The back got the seeds that had popped their cases but had not yet developed much - and no castings. They were planted deliberately crowded with intention of culling the weakest starters. With any luck the sunny weather will hold, and these little guys will be on their way!

And here they are, all planted out. The middle row got the tallest, most developed seedlings and more worm castings. The front got the less developed and fewer castings. The back got the seeds that had popped their cases but had not yet developed much - and no castings. They were planted deliberately crowded with intention of culling the weakest starters. With any luck the sunny weather will hold, and these little guys will be on their way!

That's it for now! I'll give you an update as the season progresses to let you know how it turns out.

"Want to do something revolutionary?

Grow food."

~Sigma, the Sigma Project

Berkeley in Flames - Again

Since the Berkeley riots of yesterday, I have been going over footage and first-hand accounts from both sides. In terms of the actual narrative and timeline, all parties appear to be in agreement – excepting how each sees themselves in the narrative. Footage reveals a clearly planned violent action against a non-violent demonstration by activists on the Right. To everyone who does not wish to see this country descend into a bloody civil war, these events should be deeply troubling.

Why did this happen? This Free Speech demonstration was organized as a response to the actions of violent members of Antifa in shutting down the scheduled Milo Yiannopoulos presentation at UC Berkeley. As a quick recap, Antifa took advantage of a legitimate non-violent protest against the event to create a riot situation, as is their preferred tactic. Those whose sole crime was attempting to attend this event were brutally attacked by those claiming to speak for the Left as a whole. The goals of the legitimate protestors were thereby undermined.

As noted by the leadership of UC Berkeley:

"We regret that the threats and unlawful actions of a few have interfered with the exercise of First Amendment rights on a campus that is proud of its history and legacy as home of the Free Speech Movement. As Chancellor Dirks made clear in his message to the Berkeley campus community, while Mr. Yiannopoulos views, tactics and rhetoric are profoundly contrary to our own, we are bound by the Constitution, the law, our values, and the campus’s Principles of Community to enable free expression across the full spectrum of opinion and perspective." 

Let us not forget that Mr. Yiannopoulos is in fact a gay Jew with a POC partner. His politics just happen to be slightly more to the Right than the Left. It is this very ambiguity that seems to frustrate his opponents the most, for they wish identity to determine politic. The argument that he was going to reveal the names of undocumented students and that thus these actions were warranted has been thoroughly refuted. The claim was not even circulated until after the events.

While it is true that a large contingent of actual white supremacists went out yesterday for what they saw as a rematch, many more were simply Republicans and even Liberals who do not support violent tactics being used to shut down speakers; or who were supporting the nation-wide Tax Day effort. The “No Platform” tactic may fly in other, less-free countries; but American citizens will never tolerate having this constitutional freedom stripped from them. They recognize that they need those rights themselves, and that they must therefore protect them - even for their political opponents.

Antifa and sympathizers contest that the demonstration was a thinly-veiled white pride event by the increasingly dangerous and volatile Alt-right. They are convinced that this movement which catapulted Trump into the white house is destined to become the new Third Reich.

Is it? Well, it wasn't. But their actions in targeting Republican events have actually served to forge small, disparate, and fractious European heritage groups and actual white supremacist organizations into allies where once they were either unaware of one another; or else bitter rivals for membership. By providing an enemy to fight they have given leadership in the latter movement exactly what they wanted: apparent evidence of an organized assault on white people for their race. Ironically, they promote precisely the same sort of actions and for the same reasons as Antifa:

"We must become increasingly and intolerantly belligerent to the point where the system itself cannot function. It has dehumanized us and delegitimized our interests to the point where we have no other options. We therefore must smash this system through creating social chaos knowing that the power to destroy something is the power to control it."

If there were as many Antifa as there are white heritage organizations, this might not be a problem. However, there are not. Most Americans with left-leaning politics are not in fact Marxists. Furthermore, Antifa insists that any other analysis of race and race relations historically or at the present must itself be racist. In other words, if you do not believe that America is a white supremacist nation; and if you are not for a violent overthrow of the U.S. Government and its replacement with a fundamentally communist system, then you must therefore be a racist.

This ideology is pushing those who were either uninterested whites or more moderate Left individuals into the Right (and the Alt-right in particular), swelling its numbers. DNC politicians have remained largely silent as these events have been transpiring, no doubt fearing reprisal. After all, they have been pushing this us-vs.-them model of race relations (minus the overt communism) for over a decade to spur turnout in voters of color, women, and the LGBTQ community. Anyone who dares speak out now against these violent activities risks becoming a target for their violence as a traitor. Where are the men, women, and queers of conscience on the Left who will decry these actions for what they are: an assault on our First Amendment freedoms and civil liberties under the guise of anti-racism?

Ironically, while it was Antifa that tore down the barrier and started the melee for which they had come armed to the teeth, we are now asked to look upon videos of the fight they started and pity them. And as a matter of fact, I do. I pity them because they have been manipulated into believing that they are Freedom Fighters resisting the rise of the new Hitler. What they don't understand is that for every Hitler, there is a Kim Il-Sung. It matters not the political rhetoric – only the tactics used to silence opponents.

Let us be clear here who these folks are: for the most part these are disaffected youth; many of them queer; and some of them people of color. They indeed have experienced suffering over their identities; and tend to attribute all of their problems to that when the bulk has more to do with systemic poverty. Others have been made to believe that they are personally accountable for the actions of those who are racist simply because they share the same skin color. How easy, then, to manipulate them out into the streets to do the dirty work of a cowardly Liberal Elite – whom, if you asked the average Antifa foot soldier, they would say they hated almost as much as the Alt-right.

While I may pity them individually, that does not change the fact that they are engaging in activities that are immoral, illegal, unethical, and ultimately counter-productive. This whole spectacle is creating the absurd situation in which those of us who abhor violence of any kind must side with the enemy on the matter of Free Speech – because in this case it is we (or at least those claiming to speak for us) who have started the violence. What possible argument will we make on the day that the other side decides to meet us in our escalation and attack a Pride parade for promoting degeneracy?

This, to combat the rise of a “new Hitler” who can't even manage to organize an Easter Egg hunt? There are more of them; they are better trained; and better armed. If we were looking to foment a race war, we couldn't have planned it better. This is all utterly stupid.

On Fascism, Etc.

On Accusations that I am racist, facist, or any such thing...

     As absurd as it feels to have to write this after 12 years of active service to the occult community at large, five dedicated full time to the activist youth community, it is my unfortunate position to represent the needs of people who fall in the lowest socio-economic positions within said community. Of late it has become the fashion to accuse those whose politics are generally Libertarian and anti-Authoritarian of collusion with fascistic and racist ideology. These accusations come from a radical Marxist base which, while I am well familiar with and agree with some positions of, I do not hold. Nor, if I did hold them, would it be appropriate for me to enforce them in my position as clergy.

     Given my own activism and position in various small ponds, it is not surprising that I have now come under such accusation. Let me put to rest, then, any such concerns that anyone may have in this matter.

This button was found on Trimet on March 22nd, 2017 by a member of Spiral Cult Circus. It is troubling because while the equal-armed cross in a circle is used by some white supremacists, it is also used by pagans, Celtic Christians, some Native Americans, and many others to represent their faiths. This artifact represents a deliberate campaign to encourage radical, racialized street violence in our area. Innocent members of the magical community may thereby come to harm due to their jewelry, tattoos, or clothing leading to misidentification.

This button was found on Trimet on March 22nd, 2017 by a member of Spiral Cult Circus. It is troubling because while the equal-armed cross in a circle is used by some white supremacists, it is also used by pagans, Celtic Christians, some Native Americans, and many others to represent their faiths. This artifact represents a deliberate campaign to encourage radical, racialized street violence in our area. Innocent members of the magical community may thereby come to harm due to their jewelry, tattoos, or clothing leading to misidentification.

     The organization I serve as Storyteller is a Hermetic Fraternal Order. As is customary to such, the politics of individual members is their own business, though lively and polite or even heated debate is encouraged so long as the bounds of decency be not crossed. This is how one conducts civil discourse. The same is applied to religious beliefs. This is to avoid dogmatism and the use of religious organizations to spread particular political ideologies, conspiracy theories, and the like. In that sense, we conduct ourselves as we believe a church ought.

     We are staunchly anti-authoritarian. My primary job, when people come to me with complaints, is to help them figure out how they are going to solve the situation and address the behavior themselves. If they need an advocate with them, that is fine; but the other person gets one, too. If the situation is serious enough to warrant it, we take down both people's side of the story and keep an internal record. That is all we do.

     We do not run around the community destroying the reputations of people we have decided we do not like. We do not involve external authorities unless a situation is actually life-threatening. We don't try to interfere with people's personal lives at all. We have no authority whatever to carry out any kind of pogrom. That is exactly what Spiral Cult Circus space was made to be safe from.

     As a vibrant and ideologically diverse space, we detest any notion that any kind of speech should be met with violence. This is a disgrace on the lips of anyone who has ever spoken in the cause of peace, and any such should be ashamed of themselves. Right now we stand on the brink of both a Civil War, and a massive war between the Great Powers. We are fools who throw flame on the fire, and claim to be for the cause of Love and Peace.

     This is not the way my Mother raised me. When I attend the space of another, I Honor the Peace of the Hall. I respect all the people in it. I hear their voices, and see their faces, and know that they are fellow human beings. Wherever they have come from, and wherever they are going, they are here now. And they are a guest of the Hall - just like me. If we cannot do this, then we will lose. We can't reach people if we can't even hear them. It's just not possible.

     We honor the Law of Thelema as the most succinct expression of appropriate ethics for the magical community to date. That dictum is, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” and “Love is the Law, Love under Will.” Today is the third day of the Writing of the Book of the Law, and I have come under attack for defending this our central tenet; the only one we really have.

     This is my word on the matter of violence against the Bretheren, whatever their beliefs: I am against it; both personally and in my official capacity. If anyone throws a punch at one of my events, whatever the provocation, I will throw that person out. We do not welcome violence in our space. Because our spaces are politically diverse, this has become a legitimate concern; as our community has many people trained with martial capacities.

     Please, friends, don't lets hurt each other.

     Because if somebody has breeched the peace so far that it is not possible to give that person the benefit of the doubt, it falls to me to deal with the expulsion. Personally. If someone is claiming that that has happened, I have to decide. And I get to take the blame. If I ever step out of line, even once, my Board of Directors will remove me from my position. At this point, after five long years, I would gladly lay down the Hat if anyone else would do the job.

 

Yours always,

     Katessa Harkey

     Storyteller

     Spiral Cult Circus

The Death of Discourse

American civil discourse is at present in its death-throes. We need look no further than the daily feed to see evidence of the fundamental breakdown of communication. While the internet has provided a ready platform, the result has been to increase the screaming and clamoring for attention rather than reduce it. No where is this more obvious than in the social justice field. As Katie Byrne notes:

“Many would argue that social media's voracious appetite for instant impact and wider reach isn't compatible with an issue as complex as feminism. It certainly creates a culture in which in-fighting, point-scoring and hysteria thrive - and things can get ugly.”

The new favorite mode of battle has become the fallacious ad hominem attack. Of course, everyone has the right to freedom of speech; but that does not mean that it is always used wisely. If all commentators are more concerned with reach than content - emotion over logic – results resemble nothing so much as the hyperbolic fakery of a WWF match.

Granted, it can be fun to play these sorts of games on a screen. So where's the harm?

This sort of “trolling for justice” has long-since spilled out of the imaginal world of the internet and is now effecting people's real lives. As Jezebel reports, Laura Kipnis (Northwestern University professor) is facing angry protesters and Title IX charges brought by students offended by what she wrote in an essay published by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her crime? Pointing out that the new consent codes “infantilized students while vastly increasing the power of university administrators over all our lives.”

It is ironic that in today's environment, where “feminism” is being used to silence the voices of women, that those closest to the fire can't seem to feel the heat. A deeply distressed core of “true believers” have rushed to create apocalyptic visions of the future now that their idol (Hillary Clinton) has fallen to Trump. They see in the narrative a battle of mythic proportions between the forces of feminism (good) and patriarchy (evil).

However, consider this closing quote from Michelle Goldberg:

“My abiding fear is that the idea of women running the world will start to seem like an innocent, dated dream, akin to communes, lesbian separatism, and spelling “women” as “womyn.” Someday I’ll tell my daughter about the time we all thought the future was female. I hope she doesn’t laugh at our naïveté.”

Ask yourself: does this describe an egalitarian world, or a gynocentric one? The feminism of the last 20 years has been shooting for precisely this role reversal; and it has not led to happier or healthier women, families, or relationships.

Perhaps when faced with the realities of what gynocentrism does to a culture, America simply decided that the alternative – even THAT alternative – was less frightening.