Tikkun Winter 2019 (34.1) - Page 10

SPECIAL : BEYOND PATRIARCHY Introduction to Beyond Patriarchy MARTHA SONNENBERG & CAT ZAVIS W HILE THE #METOO MOVEMENT made clear the destructive conse- quences of patriarchy’s hegemo- ny, and what must be resisted, it was less clear about what a non-patriarchal vision might be. And in the months follow- ing the burst of the #MeToo movement upon the world’s stage, we at Tikkun began think- ing about how a world “beyond patriarchy” might look, and what strategies might be needed to realize this vision. We had some of our own thoughts about this: We looked at the way patriarchy de- humanizes both men and women, how it cuts men off from their feelings, making it difficult for them to feel empathy. These dehumanizing gender norms begin in child- hood, and so we felt that a closer look at the ways our children are socialized was in order. Further, we felt that men must begin the difficult and uncomfortable process of becoming conscious of their own enabling of a culture of misogyny, and devise strategies for their own healing. We felt, too, that the intersectional issues of race and class, needed to be brought for- ward in a vision of “beyond patriarchy”—the challenge being to forge a movement of soli- darity at the same time acknowledging race and class differences in the ways women ex- perience patriarchy/misogyny. That solidar- ity will require a level of trust and empathy that still remains to be developed. 10 TIKKUN Thus began a search for writers, poets, and artists to address these issues. We posed some of the following questions: How can a spiritual perspective advance the struggle against patriarchy and develop a vision beyond patriarchy? How does intersectionality affect a vision beyond patriarchy? How can our differences strengthen us rather than divide us? How do class, race, and gender differences impact a vision of a world beyond patriarchy? How does patriarchy impact men in negative and oppressive ways, and how can men change this? What is the role of humor in resisting patriarchy and in moving beyond it? WINTER 2019