12/03/2011

Women as Agents of Peace

agents of Peace Action (click on peace)



Not all news is bad news from Africa. An unexpected bright news from Zambia puts African women above men in terms of commitment to do their best despite lack of skill and education.


Why so many African American Women are joining the US military?


On a different note ~
Wonder how was life like for the citizen and non-citizen women in Classical Greece. 
How did Aristotle view women
Something I am munching on for my upcoming NCIS - AHA Panel Presentation on Jan 6, 2012


In his idealised REPUBLIC, Plato foresees an upperclass of ‘guardians’ among whom the chattel status of women is abolished (i.e. she is no longer owned by her husband) and in which women were to receive equal education to men.


“It is only males who are created directly by the gods and are given souls. Those who live rightly return to the stars, but those who are ‘cowards or [lead unrighteous lives] may with reason be supposed to have changed into the nature of women in the second generation’. This downward progress may continue through successive reincarnations unless reversed. In this situation, obviously it is only men who are complete human beings and can hope for ultimate fulfilment; the best a woman can hope for is to become a man” (Plato, Timaeus 90e)."  - www.Womenpreists.Org


"Women can, of course, be educated, but their minds are not adapted to the higher sciences, philosophy, or certain of the arts. Women may have happy inspirations, taste, elegance, but they have not the ideal. The difference between man and woman is the same as between animal and plant." - G.W. F. Hegel


"On the theory of the soul’s mortality, the inferiority of women’s capacity is easily accounted for. Their domestic life requires no higher faculties either of mind or body. This circumstance vanishes and becomes absolutely insignificant on the religious theory: the one sex has an equal task to perform as the other; their powers of reason and resolution ought also to have been equal, and both of them infinitely greater than at present." - David Hume, On the immortality of soul


 “A real man wants two things: danger and play. Therefore he wants woman as the most dangerous plaything. Man shall be educated for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior: all else is folly [ ... ] And women must obey and find a depth for her surface. Surface is the disposition of woman: a mobile, stormy film over shallow water. Man’s disposition, however, is deep; his river roars in subterranean caves: woman feels his strength but does not comprehend it" - Nietzsche, Zarathustra  [Philosophical Misadventures: source link]


Philosophy mixed with misogyny makes a bad cocktail but a good subject for amusing kitchen conversation. How does unconscious biases develop in our family, community and culture?
Why are we men (and women) still killing our precious Girl Cells. Listen to Eve Ensler : Ted Talks


Coming back to the topic of peace, Amnesty International Commends US and Obama for Action Plan to protect women and children in conflict. 


Only 1 in 13 participants in peace negotiations since 1992 have been women, and women have served as only 6 percent of negotiators in formalized peace talks. Women have never been appointed as chief mediators in U.N.-brokered talks. [Amnestyusa.org LINK ]