Semantic Obstacles in Systemic Evolution

Difficulties with real sustainability begin with the widespread perception of certain qualities — among them the feminine and the indigenous — as traditionally inferior to the Western and masculine. The gender-based dualistic hierarchy — which posits that characteristics such as hard, strong, and authoritative are “masculine” and soft, quiet, and weak are “feminine” — mirrors the slightly more-faceted globally hierarchy which has it that Western ideals, like masculine qualities, are preferable to local or feminine ideals. Sustainability is then often projected as “soft” or “feminine”…