According to this article, The Fate of the Earth Depends on Women, women are our species’ last hope. The survival of the human species depends on wresting power from men, or so it says. But it’s more than that.
“The survival of the human species depends on women wresting power from men.”
To Michel Foucault, the crux of everything is power. Adopting his worldview, then, the problem isn’t whether men or women hold power; it’s power itself. For example, Margaret Thatcher may be single-handedly responsible for taking the Western World down into the abyss that is Conservativism or Neoliberalism, if you like. This, a woman, did this. I am not playing the Eve or Lileth blame game here, trying to vilify a woman. Sure, Ronald Reagan was the mouthpiece for putting her agenda on steroids, but it was she who primed the pump, though it was he who amplified the message.
And we’ve got warmongers like Hillary Clinton. Having a vagina doesn’t make you more responsible with power.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Besides, absolute power corrupts absolutely. A woman would be fine, but there are at least three things at play in today’s world:
- The system is designed to select a certain type of participant.
- The system is designed to mould participants who somehow make it past the initial vetting.
- By and large, the women who participate play the power game similarly to the men.
Sure, there are some women who might do better, but there are also some men. This is not apologist rhetoric or mansplaining. This is to say that the solution is not in sex or gender; it’s in temperament. And it bears repeating: the system digests persons with this temperament and spits them out; at least it marginalises them. The game is rigged.