Again: rape insurance? The Right-Wing, whether in America, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Vatican, India, etc., just can't seem to get enough of warring on women. Oftentimes it is subtle: one has to be a woman to know it's happening: unequal pay, unequal opportunity, and glass ceilings all over the place. And then there are the hidden secrets like: nearly 100% of homeless women in the United States were sexually abused as children. And, finally, there are the in-your-face ways of warring: like getting shot in the head if you want an education, rape and gang rapes, genital mutilation, body shaming, workplace sexual harassment, oppressive religious theologies and justifications, and so on... All of which raises a very fundamental question: "What does it mean to be a man?"
Is manhood measured in age and / or inches? Is manhood determined by the use and / or abuse of power? Is manhood determined by the possession and / or number of guns one owns? Is manhood determined by the number of women, men, or children that one can fuck, exploit, abuse, manipulate, or oppress? Is manhood a religious experience and / or the imitation of a "Father-God" who likewise excels in fucking, exploiting. abusing, manipulating, and oppressing? Is manhood, at its most inner-core, violent?
When reading of the exploits and legislative proposals of the various Right-Wings, if one is not shocked, repulsed, or outraged then one can only be defined as one who, at the very least, would like to be able to rape a woman and get away with it. This is the world in which women live. Is this world actually worthy of women? Is it worthy of our daughters or granddaughters? Is it worthy of the generations yet to come? Is there anything, honestly, that can be done to change it? More than even the possibility of global climate change, this is the fundamental issue of our time: unless we answer it, unless we get it right, we'll just keep raping this precious blue Planet as well...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.