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Past and patriarchy

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04.08.2020
By Deauwand Myers

Along history, forever / some woman dancing, / making shapes on the air; / forever a man / riding a good horse, /sitting the dark horse well / his penis erect with fantasy ― Muriel Rukeyser

I've never been that fond of men. Even someone with a cursory understanding of history can understand why. The list of despotic kings and dictators is too long to enumerate here.

The problem with patriarchy is obvious: it concentrates power only among men, whilst relegating women to second-class status. But far worse, it truncates the pool of talent readily available in the broader society: everything from corporate stewardship to national governance.

But the worst, probably, is the male ego, particularly in geopolitics. "Mine is bigger than yours." Let's tour some of the most glaring examples in our current historical moment.

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Abe and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have been on a lifelong quest to revise Imperialist Japan's brutal history, all the way from the occupation of Korea to the many atrocities of World War II.

Imperialist Japan enslaved, tortured, raped (systemically, at that, with their international network of "comfort women" [a euphemism for sex slaves], many of........

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