Happy Monday! Let’s talk about something not so happy – domestic violence.
I stumbled upon this great TedTalk – highlighting the power struggle in our society and how our language helps to create and reinforce our gender norms, our socially acceptable behavior, and our ability to talk about things in an open and honest form.
Instead of asking what the woman did wrong – why don’t we ask WHY the man thinks it is okay…or WHY the MAN wanted to hit her…or WHY anyone has so much pent up frustration that it comes down to hurting someone that this person is supposed to “love”…or at least care about. A systematic social problem. It isn’t an individual perpetrator – this is a societal issue. What is happening? Why are our institutions producing men who beat women, rape children, etc?
“Talking about your weaknesses gives you back your power.” Stop being silent. Talk about it.
I started reading a book called “Wasted” and I think it is helping open my eyes to some horrific issues in western societies. We are emotionally blocked and damaged – because of capitalism? I’m saying yes. Any way you want to put it…you can’t argue with the idea that many people in the world are emotionally disengaged from their day to day lives – whether it is work, marriage, parenting, driving, exercising, eating…people tend to think that things are separate (dualism, capitalism) and it isn’t. Life is connected. All of life is connected. So deal with it – talk about it – and change it.
And watch this video clip: