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Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"That fact sheet I linked about female-on-female violence isn't a paper tiger, Kelly, it is a fact sheet. It is true that we're still living in a patriarchal society, so most of the violence is still perpetrated by males, but as females…"
Jun 25, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"the vast majority of violence is perpetrated by males.  this is a statistical fact.  bringing up lesbian domestic violence is a paper tiger. "
Jun 25, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"are you calling me an operative?  what the heck?"
Jun 25, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Although it wasn't intended that way, Carol Hanish's 1969 formulation that "the personal is political," certainly holds true for political operatives who try to make everything personal. Since political operatives are trying to…"
Jun 25, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"We disagree on a great deal here.  I'd rather demonstrate a better way than argue with you. I will say, gender and sex do matter in out current context, whether you say so or not. And... the personal is political. More at another time...."
Jun 25, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Kelly you can interpret my responses as being defensive and judge me on the basis of my sex, but you can't claim that doing so isn't addressing me rather than addressing the topic under discussion. What you fail to understand is that…"
Jun 25, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Reading your response I'm interpreting you as being very defensive....here are my quick responses: 1) What you don't understand about Matriarchy is a lot.  I suggest you learn more before claiming to say what she wants!  No…"
Jun 25, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Okay, so you're claiming to be female. I'm sure everyone will respect your wishes and treat you as a female, Kelly, but this is an online forum, so we have no way to check your claim. You could be male for all we know. In the NVC…"
Jun 25, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"It appears to me that all the comments to date may well have been made by males. When it comes to advocating for inclusivity of any kind the first question asked should be who is at the table?  who is not?  and why?   Can you…"
Jun 25, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Yes, but in that matriarchal Mexican village, they aren't anti-capitalist, Kelly. They do own property, use money, and do business. Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton are examples of patriarchal leaders, but they are female. In a matriarchal…"
Jun 24, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
" Capitalism & Patriarchy share value sets.  Margaret Thatcher is an example of a Patriarchal leader not a Matriarchal one. "
Jun 24, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Okay, this is going to be out of order, but as you mentioned previously, Kelly, it is hard to keep things in order in this type of discussion. The reason that men can't do business in that Mexican town is because women own all the land, homes,…"
Jun 24, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"I apologize for coming across as overly argumentative and needing to be right, Kelly. Do you think my example of that matriarchal Mexican village was an oversimplification? Do you think it is not an example of matriarchy? In order to discuss things,…"
Jun 24, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"The first thing I notice about the village you mention is that it sounds like an improvement to Patriarchy.  First off, a matriarchy tends to more collectivist as opposed to the highly valued individualism so prominent in patriarchy.  The…"
Jun 24, 2012
KellyAngelPdx commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Mark first off, I'd like to suggest that your tone is overly argumentative and not conducive to a dialogue that is interesting and enjoyable, but rather one that seems to be based on one of us needing to be right/one wrong.  I am here to…"
Jun 24, 2012
Mark E. Smith commented on Jim Macdonald's blog post Some Thoughts on Patriarchy
"Yes, let's have some shared definitions, Kelly. Let's define the words we're using. Patriarchy means rule of the fathers. The prefix refers to fathers and the suffix refers to rule. Is that correct? Anarchy means no rule. The prefix…"
Jun 24, 2012

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Some Thoughts on Patriarchy

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 12:00pm 52 Comments

Patriarchy literally means the rule of fathers.  In more ways than we imagine, we live in a patriarchal society despite the trappings of what we call democracy.  One way this is evident, for instance, is in the desire of so many people around us to be “patriotic.”  That is, people who are patriotic declare their support in the most literal sense for the fatherland.

There are so many directions to go with this discussion, but let me start here on one path.  Patriarchy, I hope it should…

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Fellow Fools, Come Closer!

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Fellow fools, come closer!

Earlier this week, I wrote and published an essay entitled “Fools! A Cry of Hope!” that has elicited a response I scarcely could have anticipated.  First published on the Northern Rockies Independent Media…

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Fools! A Cry of Hope!

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 2:19pm 3 Comments

In our society, there are a few people who control most of the money and almost all of the levers of power, and then there are the rest of us.  That is surely an oversimplification, though.  For in the rest of us, we can find all kinds of divisions of power.  Men have it better than women, whites than people of color, American citizens than…

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The Problem of the Biodegradibility of Revolution

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 1:00pm 25 Comments

Four years ago, I wrote an essay called Revolution of the Small: The Uselessness of Global Action and the Need to Take Local Action (Here in Bozeman, Montana). The main point of the essay was that a person's voice is only meaningful within the range where that…

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