Monday, November 14, 2005
I’m slowly walking my way through The 2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies Conference, including, today, a paper called “The Utopia of a Motherless World – Patriarchy as ‘War System,’” by Claudia von Werlhof. Claudia is a women’s studies professor from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Some sexy sound bites:
O Patriarchy is a threat not only to the few surviving matriarchies, but to humankind as a whole.
O The purpose of patriarchy is to build a utopia, but one based on war and elimination of mothers.
O The father god is a fiction; mother god is not.
O The old medieval alchemists were the “mothers” of the patriarchy: they (supposedly) created living matter out of dead.
O The aim of the alchemist was to create life without love, and without mothers.
O We still have alchemists: they create cyborgs and genetically modified organisms and such.
O In the patriarchy, violence is needed for creation: violence against nature, matter, and women.
O In nature, all death is followed by life. In patriarchy, death leads to violence and more death. Example: Genetically modified plants will first kill all other plants, and then die themselves.
O There is no infinite production on a finite globe.
O We are prisoners; we behave like inmates; we must break out; we can remember what is left of matriarchies; we can defend our alive parts from the patriarchy's dead parts.
O We CAN get the patriarchy out of our minds, emotions, and fantasies.
O Never in history has there been a people who know less about the Goddess and natural death than we do today.
O “Take the toys away from the boys!”
Go HERE to hear the entire address.
Go HERE to read a little more about Claudia