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For Starfish

The second wave of feminism, rather than having crashed onto the shore, is still far out to sea, slowly and inexorably gathering momentum. None of us who are alive today will witness more than the first rumbles of the coming social upheaval. Middle-class western women have the privilege of serving the longest revolution, not of directing it. The ideological battles that feminists are engaged in are necessary, but they are preliminary to the emergence of female power, which will not flow decorously out from the universities or from the consumerist women’s press. Female power will rush upon us in the persons of women who have nothing to lose, having lost everything already. It could surge up in China where so many women divorced for bearing girl children are living and working together, or in Thailand, where prostitution and AIDS are destroying a generation, in Iran or anywhere else where women are on a collision course with Islamic fundamentalism, or anywhere the famished laborer sees luxury foods for the western market grown on the land which used to provide for her and her children. And the women of the rich world had better hope that when female energy ignites they do not find themselves on the wrong side.
–Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman, 1999

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6 thoughts on “For Starfish

  1. wow. that’s awesome. inspiring.

    Posted by kiuku | January 12, 2008, 3:19 am
  2. Thank you so much! There’s so much said in a relatively few words.

    I’d forgotten the part about ideological battles being necessary. That heartens me today, even though I’m not directly engaged.

    Posted by Starfish | January 12, 2008, 3:26 am
  3. “Female power will rush upon us in the persons of women who have nothing to lose, having lost everything already. ”

    This really struck me. That’s how revolutions come about, I think. By people who are so desperate for change that they’d do virtually anything for it. By women so miserable living under male supremacy that the threat of men’s very real anger and rage, emotional and physical and sexual, is somehow worth risking….because, hey, we’re already experiencing it anyway, whether we fight or not.

    But, Heart, you’re just reminding me of more and more books I need to read (i.e. Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman). Even if I (somehow) spent each and every day of my entire life reading feminist writing, I wouldn’t make a dent!

    But it’s certainly better than not having enough material out there!

    Posted by Laur | January 13, 2008, 4:14 am
  4. There is much in this book , The Whole Womon’, but I think womon are not ready to give up the crumbs that have fallen of the western hemispere’s patriachal table as yet, so many womon across the globe are in poverty and degredation and it impacts little on the minds of western womon, there own county womon are as yet to get a good hearing , never mind womon from far flung places!!!!!

    Posted by laix | January 13, 2008, 2:46 pm
  5. Germaine Greer has a story in the Guardian about the Hillary Clinton so-called crying incident. It is bizarre in a way, yet predictable, how men spin things like this. She has a different take on the sob story. I am trying to give her a break, but I may decide to post about this after all.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,2238128,00.html

    Posted by Aletha | January 13, 2008, 4:27 pm

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