bell hooks got it spot on with her brilliant and exquisite savaging of “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.”
Us denizens of America and the West, New and Old of the so-called First World, do indeed live in societies that more or less conform to this horror.
I believe that a good majority of these people don’t actually want to live in such societies, and would rather live in egalitarian, diverse, open-bordered matriarchies.
Unfortunately a good majority of people living in these societies also reap some kind of benefit or the other from the abomination that is WSCP.
And white folk.
And people with means and access (and let’s face it, the western world consumes so goddamn much that even those of us in the laboring classes, materially speaking, have more than the vast majority of the rest of humanity.)
This will change of course. Them borders, militaries, and inequitable consumption rates can only hold out for so long before balance sets in. When balance starts setting in, it can get violent, or it can be a caring, nurturing, even fun-filled chaos.
The latter requires coming past WSCP.
Which means actually living against the grain of WSCP, whether out of choice or compulsion.
It means quelling the virus.
The virus of toxic masculinity above all.
For it does seem quite evident that it’s what lies at the heart of WSCP. We wouldn’t have an endless supply of rapists and misogynists occupying positions of power and authority otherwise.
If us dudes continue to fail in this all-important battle for our souls; if we shirk our duties as nurturers and community members; if we continue to stay away from the kitchen, the laundry, and the household; if we fail to scorch this cancer stemming from patriarchal manhood, then this cesspool of power and violence the world over will never disappear.
It is in us to quell this virus. I refuse to believe that all men across the globe are of a cruel and selfish spirit. I refuse to submit to the notion that men have no choice but to be clueless, abusive assholes. I refuse to accept this nonsense that manhood needs to be in any way violent, sexist, or power-ridden.
I truly do believe that the vast majority of my brothers want happiness and peace of mind – the kind that can only come from taking on the never-ending struggle to quell the virus.
And when faltering or failing (indeed as a general fucking rule) I adhere to a very simple credo:
Heed the wisdom of goddesses.
I’m happier for it.