I was doing magic recently that involved imagining the future we want to see as the first step of working to make that future real. I’m going to try continuing that as a way of commenting on some recent political examples.

I’m imagining a future where when a high-powered business executive is elected to office, he has lots of women in mind to appoint and hire, including ones he’s known in his previous career.

I’m imagining a future where employers support families by giving everyone (not just women) the flexibility they need to balance work and home.

I’m imagining a future where when a politician is asked about paying women less than men for the same work, she indignantly replies that that’s illegal – and she’s right – and violators are reported – and the reports are investigated – and wrongdoers are punished – and eventually everyone agrees that it’s outrageously unfair for women to earn less than men.

I’m imagining a future where when a parent gives a child advice about relationships and sex, he says: “If you ever have doubts about whether your partner is enjoying what you’re doing, or whether they’re going to regret it in the morning, or anything, you stop right then and there.

I’m imagining a future where sex is treated as a natural thing for people to do, and young people are educated about it, and have the resources to do it safely. I’m imagining a future where no one is shamed about having sex.

I’m imagining a future where when someone says they were raped, we believe them.

I’m imagining these futures. I want to work towards them. What I can’t imagine is how electing the people who are perpetuating the current problems is a first step towards making things better.

5 thoughts on “Imagining Futures

  1. Yes. This. Especially that last line.

    BTW, white women make substantially less than white men… but black men make less than white women, and black women less than that. Latinas make far less. The simple “women make $0.77 on the dollar” does not tell the whole story, and it’s good for white feminists to remember and acknowledge it. Not doing so (along with a whole stack of other things) is alienating WOC, so much so that many of them no longer feel they can call themselves feminist.

    As for consent culture, I just finished a terrific kid’s fantasy — WWII-era setting, second-world stuff, like Narnia, but being written now — that has consent as a major theme. Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making). MC, obviously, a girl, who is irascible and and bad-tempered and a bit heartless. The series is pretty brilliant, and really has some pretty good crypto-Pagan motifs. I really recommend them to adults as well as kids. I’m currently reading the first one to an 8yo, and we have to stop and talk about what things mean a lot, but they’re really good conversations, and she loves the book and convos both.

  2. Those are some pretty amazing futures to imagine. Most of them should not be nearly as far away as they sometimes seem to be. Wholeheartedly agree with the last line – there needs to be an organized push to make non-traditional candidates a viable option. I suppose I should stop waiting for someone else to organize it and start doing it, myself.

    FCF, I will have to re-read the first book (and pick up the second). I read it, initially, because it seemed like an excellent contradiction of the traditional female character and of the traditional fairy tale. I enjoyed it thoroughly, for those reasons and because it’s just a well-written tale. Looking forward to the sequel!

  3. One of the things that I find most disturbing about American politics right now is that many of the rights of women (and any who are not members of the kyriarchy) are being chipped at rather than increased.

    This is not a worldwide phenomenon. Things are changing for the better in some places. I was thrilled to read this week that following a ruling earlier this year by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal the government of Ontario now allows individuals to have the gender changed on their official birth certificate with only a single supporting letter from a physician or a psychologist. Previous to that ruling anyone who wanted such a change needed proof of sex-reassignment surgery.

    This is a vitally important step because it allows a person to decide when (or if) they will ever have such surgery. And it means that the single most important document required for other forms of official “paper” (such as passports) will agree with the way in which a person presents themselves. People will find it easier to cross borders when their birth certificate and passport agrees with the way in which they chose to present themselves.

    Things may be changing very slowly, yes, but at least they are changing in the direction of providing more rights and protections for those who have been locked out by the kyriarchy.

    Meanwhile, just south of me in the United States, access to the most basic of human rights is becoming more limited for many people.

    1. Thank you for reminding me that the world is not all as dark as it is here. That is a huge step forward.

      To me, this is what devotion to Columbia is all about: the unfolding of rights. This country started on a really crappy ethical basis (to understate the matter). Yes, it was awesome for its time. And we can continue to do better. Right now we’re not. We’re leading the way backwards, right up there with Somalia on not ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We can do better. We need to do better.

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