Our Extraordinary Teaching and Learning Moment

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Tonight’s Planet Waves FM considers the deeper themes associated with all this outing of sexual abuse. It’s finally coming out: that’s something to celebrate. Yet we also need to take this opening, understand what we’ve learned, and take responsibility for making the changes that need to be made.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

Tonight’s Planet Waves FM considers the deeper themes associated with all this outing of sexual abuse. It’s finally coming out: that’s something to celebrate. Yet we also need to take this opening, understand what we’ve learned, and take responsibility for making the changes that need to be made.

Sex scandals don’t usually result in progress, only in pain. Yet what we are witnessing is a sex scandal that involves all of society. We can all take this moment to assess our lives and make changes, whether it’s adjusting how we treat others, or setting limits on how others treat us.

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3 thoughts on “Our Extraordinary Teaching and Learning Moment

  1. sally

    Thanks for your take on our moment. Valuing, resources, and exchanges of all sorts seem to be up for review. The cognitive dissonance of the Roy Moore scandal is a strange thing to witness as its a caricature of the political story we’ve heard so many times before. People are hearing and experiencing it differently this time around and any gesticulations of defense require more depth of explanation than society previously demanded. I’ve participated in conversations about this scandal where I hear the other grappling to find a new story, because the old defense, disbelieving the women, doesn’t work this time, but the new narrative also hasn’t formed. It’s this gap that holds potential but also scares me. What is going to fill that space we’re creating collectively by releasing so much trapped pain? A backlash feels like an old story, but a ripe possibility. I’m working to try and have deeper conversations with acquaintances around abuse of power and desire than I would have previously. I’m telling some of my old stories, it’s time.

    An essential feminist voice I’ve found in the midst of so much great writing in this moment of grappling is Laurie Penny. Specifically, “The Horizon of Desire” https://longreads.com/2017/10/10/the-horizon-of-desire/ as the url implies, the essay is long, but so worth the time to read in full. Respecting women’s desire and autonomy is a vast cultural shift, impacting far more areas of life than the bedroom.

    An excerpt:

    Today’s sexual freedom is rather like today’s market freedom, in that what it practically entails is freedom for people with power to dictate terms and freedom for everyone else to shut up and smile. We have come to accept, as in so many areas of life, a vision of freedom whereby the illusion of choice is a modesty slip for unspeakable everyday violence.

    Consent culture, first named by activist and sex-critical feminist Kitty Stryker, is the alternative to all this. Resisting a culture of rape and abuse must involve more than insisting on the individual right to say no — although that’s both a decent starting place and a difficult concept for some people to wrap their RedTube-rotted brains around. There’s a reason for that. The reason that the notion of real, continuous, enthusiastic sexual consent is so outrageous is that the concept of female sexual agency — let alone active desire — is still a fearful one. Our culture still has very little room for the idea that women and queer people, given the chance, want and enjoy sex just as much as men do.

    Well before they are old enough to start thinking about having it, girls are still trained to imagine sex as something that will be done to them, rather than something they might like to do for its own sake. We grow up with warnings that sexuality in general and heterosexuality in particular is a fearful, violent thing; sex is something we must avoid, rather than something we have. If we’re able to recognize that we want it of our own accord, we learn that we are deviant, dirty, and wicked. The legion of one-handed-typers on misogynist subreddits, wondering why on earth it’s so hard for them to get laid, wondering why women don’t make approaches, why we use sex as a social bargaining strategy, would do well to remember that straight women didn’t come up with those rules. Most of us are proficient at suffocating our own desires, because withholding sexuality is the only social power we are permitted — even if that permission is given grudgingly and unreliably by a culture that calls us sluts and bitches and whores when we don’t say no but can’t be relied on to believe us when we do. This, too, is rape culture. Rape culture is not about demonizing men. It is about controlling female sexuality. It is anti-sex and anti-pleasure. It teaches us to deny our own desire as an adaptive strategy for surviving a sexist world.

  2. Amanda Painter

    Well, now — this is news. And no, it is NOT from the Onion:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/360399-porn-star-coolio-launching-2020-white-house-bid

    An excerpt:

    “We’re voting for people as if we’re on a reality television show, and my concern is if we continue to purely vote for celebrities, or political figures, or the most entertaining, they’re not always going to be quality politicians,” DeVille told ITK on Tuesday.

    So the 39-year-old adult film performer decided to toss her hat in the political ring, saying she’s planning on running as a Democrat.

    “If our criteria now for becoming a political official is minor celebrity, I have that,” says DeVille, who boasts 190,000 Twitter followers. “I feel like I can be potentially what I’m feeling the American people — for better or for worse — want, which is interesting news, scandalous news, you know, not ‘boring’ political news.”

    “But at the same time [I can] do what the American people really need,” she continues, which is “having a person with integrity, and having someone listen to the people, and actually care about America in public office.”

    A former physical therapist, DeVille — whose campaign slogan is “Make America F—— Awesome Again” — says a lot of people “giggle” when they learn that “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio is running as her VP.

    “He’s lived and exemplifies what I consider the American dream,” DeVille says. While a rep for DeVille told ITK the Grammy winner wasn’t available for comment on the 2020 campaign, Coolio told Los Angeles’s KESQ-TV in a recent interview, “We need normal, regular, everyday people in office.”

    When pressed on whether DeVille was making a legitimate White House run versus a PR stunt, she responded, “I am going to actually run for president.”

    But, the Washington, D.C., native admits the original intention with her trading porn for politics was to “start a dialogue” about stereotypes against sex workers: “I just want to challenge the public opinion that a sex worker, just because they’re a sex worker, couldn’t be in public office.”

  3. Sue Edwards

    “Say something good about Roy Moore” – He has been successful in expressing his God’s substance of character. “God” is a concept of our Ideal and whatever ideal we choose, so shall we become. Choose a limited ideal and then when we display those same limits, we can call ourselves “righteous”.

    Maybe it’s time to recognize that blind faith is the worship of ignorance?

    It requires living that faith blind, without Understanding. It also requires worshiping a psychologically repulsive (unloving) persona: conditional, judgmental, rejecting, vindictive, jealous, angry, possessive and abandoning. It demands adoring and bowing before a character lacking in Love, lacking in Compassion, lacking in Tolerance, lacking in Acceptance, lacking in Mercy and lacking in Forgiveness.

    The emotional nature of this idol is completely repulsive in energetic character, needy rather than Loving, with Acceptance and Affection offered only upon condition. Bartering for “Love”. Needy persons bowing before a Needy God. “You do me and I’ll do you.”

    This isn’t “love making”. It’s emotional rape.

    So if we desire to see where our difficulties are coming from, the root cause and root nature of it, look to our religious ideals. Evangelicals only represent our extreme. Our religious choice represents the Values we choose in Life and the means by which it is ‘good’ to pursue them.

    It’s a deficit based system, where a Deficit is what is worshiped and coveted with neediness a moral goal. Like being thirsty and drinking only salt water.

    Liberty is the Freedom of choice while claiming responsibility and accountability for the consequences of those choices and their costs. Those religious choices better not come with any costs to those not choosing it, or else it’s not “liberty” but license. And the rest of us don’t have to grant any with our own lives.

    I contemplated for a few days whether to write any comment. Then my ex and I (we’re still best friends) were discussing current events. I asked him, “You know me. If someone touched me with their hand creeping up the inside of my leg, what do you think I’d do?”

    He laughed and said “‘KNOCK IT OFF’ with everyone in the plane hearing me, the pilots hearing and me and at least three counties on the ground hearing me, too.

    I don’t have any problems saying “No”. If I happen to need to say it a second time, I say very quietly and kindly, ‘What did you not understand, the “n” or the “o”? And no one wants to be around if and when I crank up the volume.

    It takes an empowered woman to raise empowered children, male and female. My daughter is not going to take any flack and my son isn’t going to shovel it. I taught both that a man is a wondrous creation; he creates the seeds of Life right out of thin air and does so on a constant basis. And taught that a woman brings to fruition the seeds of Life, so be choosy.

    We might consider what it takes for a Spiritual Mother to raise a spiritual child (Soul)? How do you teach the experience of Discernment without experiencing lies?

    It’s ignorance that is causing so much of our troubles. It’s been my experience that those of us who are educated don’t have any realistic idea of how rampant ignorance is in our Society. It’s a control mechanism with religious elements behind it.

    If I described an environment that was tightly controlled to suit the social and coping skills of its residents, with a gate and security guard, I could be describing a mental health institution, some people’s ideal of Heaven or a gate community in Florida. Psychologically, they are all the same.

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