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How Toxic Masculinity Shackles Men to Misogyny

"Boys and young men are so routinely expected to betray their better natures, to smother their consciences, to renounce the best of themselves and submit to something low and mean. As if there’s only one way of being a bloke, one valid interpretation of the part, the role, if you like. There’s a constant pressure to enlist, to pull on the uniform of misogyny and join the Shithead Army that enforces and polices sexism. And it grieves me to say it’s not just men pressing those kids into service." About the Boys, Tim Winton.

"What are we left with?" asks Winton. If you are not part of a culture that celebrates coming of age into adulthood then the rite of passage is about drinking beer and getting laid. 

Political climates now reveal that nothing else is expected of a man but to be one of the boys. Which I think means non-judgement, right or wrong, of the tribe. What's said or done in the clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse. 

You can understand how the instinctive feel…

Worship of Power As Shared Mental Illness

A study reported in the Telegraph, written by Martin Evans, claims "The children of rich parents are put under so much pressure to succeed they are at an increased risk of suffering" ...   from anxiety and depression at twice the normal rate of children from less well off families. Eating disorders, drug abuse, neuroses and self harming were found to be much more common among wealthy teenagers.

We are led to believe  that wealth signifies skill, intelligence or talent, and wealth "proves"  success. This manifests within the psyche of offspring a duty to prove their academic or athletic superiority, otherwise they are letting their family down. Relentless pressure can be applied while parents are unaware of how it impacts their child's health.

"The American psychologist who carried out the study said many children were finding it impossible to live up to the expectations being placed on them by their rich and successful parents."

Sheri Johnson, a Berkele…

George Monbiot on What Makes Us Human

Selfishness and greed are not what we are about. Science says empathy, kindness and community spirit is what makes us human.

We need others, we are fragile, we love community. It's only some of our leaders who are grabbing and selfish.

Listen to this recording in his own words.

Date and Plum Muffins (no sugar)

1 cup organic rolled oats 
1 cup water 6 medjool pitted dates chopped 6 prunes chopped 1/2 cup water 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1/4 tsp of turmeric 1/4 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp ginger 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup organic white flour 1/3 cup broken walnuts 2 eggs 1 cup full fat yogurt 1/3 cup grape seed oil
Put oats in pan with 1 cup water. Add chopped dates and prunes. Simmer for 20 minutes until water is almost absorbed. Add half a cup of water and continue to simmer until oats are soft.
In a bowl add flour, mix in spices and baking soda. Add and mix broken walnuts. Add oat mixture, yogurt and oil. Blend together. Add eggs breaking up yolks into whites and blend into the muffin mixture thoroughly but not in a mixer or fast mixing blender.
Spoon into paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

These muffins are made like a breakfast without sugar, although dates and plums are high in glycemic sweetness,  I think they may be still better for you than the store bought muffins. As well as the organic oats th…

Community and the Disposessed

“The gun culture permits a dispossessed public, sheared of economic and political power, to buy a firearm and revel in feelings of omnipotence. A gun reminds Americans that they are divine agents of purification, anointed by God and Western civilization to remake the world in their own image."  Chris Hedges, Truthdig.

Any time someone talks about the benefit of community there is a paid-for backlash that laughs at our attempts to do what is healthy for humanity and its environment.

How did this come to be?  Young children see the world through their own lives and observations, but somewhere along the way we dare not express our selves and feed back what we think is expected of us.

"Each culture tends to construct its worldview on a root metaphor of the universe, which in turn defines people’s relationship to nature and each other, ultimately leading to a set of values that directs how that culture behaves. It’s those culturally derived values that have shaped history." Jer…

The Want - a glosa based on Rilke's poem

I want to unfold.
I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie. and I want my grasp of things to be
“I am too alone in the world,” Rainer Maria Rilke
To unfold a letter you take two fingers two thumbs and open the page straighten it out to find its secret symbols you have learned to read the soul’s cravings turning inward then onto the shining page you hold pressing it down and wide undoing the creases carefully saying in your tense oval mould I want to unfold.
As the letter needs to be open to be understood so I must risk that openness. Must imposing itself like a scolding woman, the goddess chained to a rock tireless but trapped her tongue hung out in a capitalist lair and I learned how to silence her cries silencing my own in games of thrones determined to open new wounds everywhere I don’t want to stay folded anywhere.
I want to escape the ritual killing to be a vegan spirit and yet inside there a drive to unpack and peel back all secrets