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Riane EislerRiane Eisler Riane Tennenhaus Eisler (born July 22, 1931) is a cultural historian, systems scientist, educator, attorney, speaker, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, literature, philosophy, art, economics, psychology, sociology, education, organizational development, political science, and healthcare. Dr. Eisler was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba as a small child, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from UCLA; taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA; and now teaches in the graduate Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota and President of the Center for Partnership Studies, dedicated to research and education on the partnership model introduced by Eisler’s research.
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ArticlesVIDEO: Chris Hedges Confronts ‘The Whoredom of the Left’ With Anti-Prostitution Activists In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges explores the conflicted and malignant relationship many self-identified leftists have with prostitution on both the ideological and practical levels.
Who's Leading The Charge For Change? Women by Laura Flanders. Published on Friday, November 20, 2015 by The Laura Flanders Show
I think women are in the forefront of the struggle against sacrifice zones because women and those seen as female, know a thing or two about being sacrificed. Take right now. Every armed force from ISIS to the UN seems to agree that women’s bodies can be sacrificed for the purposes and pleasure of soldiers. So too, women’s work. A new McKinsey study reports that women are still doing 75 percent of the unpaid work around the world. In the U.S. alone, that adds up to $1.5 trillion in value each year - sacrificed.
Chandra Talpade Mohanty Bringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory and pedagogy, Mohanty has been at the vanguard of Third World and international feminist thought and activism for nearly two decades. This collection highlights the concerns running throughout her pioneering work: the politics of difference and solidarity, decolonizing and democratizing feminist practice, the crossing of borders, and the relation of feminist knowledge and scholarship to organizing and social movements. Mohanty offers here a sustained critique of globalization and urges a reorientation of transnational feminist practice toward anticapitalist struggles.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Concentric Media films, documentaries
Different Types of Feminism
Directory of Women's Organizations
Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
Feminism Under Fire
Feminism's early history... links
Feminist Theory Website aimed at students, scholars, and activists "interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world."
Global Fund for Women a grantmaking foundation supporting women's rights
New Jersey Clinic Defense Collective defending reproductive rights; many links
Tour of the Women's Movement recommended links, annotated
Women Leaders Online largest women's activist group on the Internet
Women's Issues page in class's web site
XX Chromosome "a girl/art/political/collective thing"
Adi ShaktiAdi Parashakti According to Shaktism and Hindu mythology, Adi Para Shakti—the Goddess, Devi—is the Supreme Being. She is also popularly referred to as "Adi Shakti", "Parama Shakti", "Maha Shakti", "Mahadevi", or even simply as "Shakti". "Parama" means absolute, "Satya" means the Truth as per many shakta texts. The Devi Bhagawata Mahapurana suggests that Adi Parashakti is the original creator, observer and destroyer of the whole universe.
As per Shaktism, Adi Parashakti appeared as Divine Pure Eternal Consciousness i.e. Shoonya Bindu, the divine zero feminine energy, which then expresses itself as prakriti (Universal Nature)
[left]Goddess Adi ParaShakthi is the Presiding Deity at the Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac Michigan, USA / [right] Adi Shakti is Hindu concept of ultimate energy who is actual creator, preserver and destroyer of universe and who is supreme power. She is also regarded as divine energy of God
Photo credit [left]:By Rashkesh - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23388913; [right]By Snehilsharma - I have created this pic on Paint Brush and PhotoshopPreviously published: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=736221679755345&set=a.165005670210285.34108.100001025605280&type=1&theater, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42545039
Shaktism or Shaktidharma (Sanskrit: Sakta; lit., "doctrine of power" or "doctrine of the Goddess") is a denomination of Hinduism that focuses worship upon Shakti or Devi – the Hindu Divine Mother – as the absolute, ultimate Godhead. It is, along with Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Smartism one of the primary schools of devotional Hinduism and is especially popular in Bengal and Assam.
Shaktism regards Devi (lit., 'the Goddess') as the Supreme Brahman itself, with all other forms of divinity, considered to be merely her diverse manifestations. In the details of its philosophy and practice, Shaktism resembles Shaivism. However, Shaktas (Sanskrit: Sakta, ?????), practitioners of Shaktism, focus most or all worship on Shakti, as the dynamic feminine aspect of the Supreme Divine. Shiva, the masculine aspect of divinity, is considered solely transcendent, and his worship is usually relegated to an auxiliary role.
The Adi Shakti symbol
The Adi Shakti is a symbol of infinity It relates to primal creative power and has three parts to its design:
The Chakra is a circle, also a symbol of infinity and reminder that God’s infinite nature, has no beginning or end. To the extent one understands the creation as a reflection of the Creator, a circle can be seen to reflect the oneness and unity of mankind in essence, regardless of apparent differences of race, religion or gender.
The Khanda is the double-edged central dagger, representing the straight and narrow path of righteousness, the razor’s edge that cuts both ways – in that what you do to others you are actually doing to your Self. In yogic terms, the khanda represents neutral mind – the ability to make non-reactive decisions.
The two Kirpans are curved single-edged knives on both sides of the symbol and represent the polarities that need to be balanced by neutrality: temporal and spiritual, negative and positive, etc. In yogic terms, these two kirpans represent the negative and positive minds. Guru Hargobind (one of the founders of Sikhism) wore two swords, signifying Miri – political or temporal power, and Piri – spiritual sovereignty.
Colby Glass, MLIS, PhDc, Professor Emeritus