Does #smashthepatriarchy mean Matriarchy?

Replacing paternal structures with maternal ones is not the only choice.

Susie Kahlich

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I’m currently traveling in the US, where I haven’t been for two years due to the pandemic. The last time I was here, Donald Trump was still President; Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were still alive; Bill Cosby was still in prison for aggravated indecent assault, and Harvey Weinstein was not. There was no pandemic, no threat of the world shutting down or catching fire or not looking any different than it always had. That was Summer 2019.

So much has changed since then, and visiting now feels different, especially in the wake of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter, although most pointedly in the current of the ongoing pandemic. And climate change is undeniably upon us, and undeniably an emergency. The future remains unwritten.

The friends I’m visiting have been bringing me up to speed on deeper cultural changes in their worlds: work is different, corporate life is no longer the same. Values have also changed, and quality of life is a higher priority than location, location, location was before. But the friends I’m visiting are also very privileged: they have incomes in the higher end of the scale. And they’re men.

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Susie Kahlich

CEO of SINGE | Founder of Pretty Deadly Self Defense @ prettydeadlyselfdefense.com | Former producer of art podcast Artipoeus: art you can hear @ artipoeus.com