Will Gender Equality Evolve from a Hypothetical Talking Point to Reality? Barbara Cerda

It would seem not until male predation goes the way of the dinosaur. Proving or disapproving this concept lies within natural laws.  When an organism no longer serves the survival of the collective it dies out.

Whether you believe it or not we’re an animal species still evolving – shedding what no longer serves to successfully thrive.

Like toe polish that will eventually cease to be needful because our need for toe nails seems to be disappearing. The simple selection of four proteins that form the DNA helix that defines millions of physical and behavioral attributes, alters in the face of changes in perceptions. Knowledge changes who we are and how we live.

Changes in survival needs alters the physical and then redesigns what’s viable and lives to fight another day. Without adopting the needful change in cultural norms, the dogmatism of male oppression of over half of the global population will not survive into the coming generations. Not within the same social constructs we come to understand as the norm.

The process of evolvement never happens to us. It expresses change through us as manifestations of what works. Or what specie trait earns its right to thrive. This talent of survivability goes beyond just the physical. Cunning, intelligence, a sense of stewardship to increased intelligence agility.  The smartest of us learn to survive and adapt.

I composed an article some time ago entitled, “He Made an Ordinary Remark for an Extraordinary Audience”, an article in response to a Satya Nadella’s, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft.

On October 9, 2014, while speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration, a women’s technical conference, Nadella stated: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,”

I was impressed and remained so that a person from a male dominant culture where gender bias seems legendary would attempt to clarify the necessity for the women’s role in business.  There was no condescension in his eloquence, yet one must note that his words fell on the ears of the exceptional, minds that were already excelling in leadership.

Is education the definitive that changes the course of how well we survive? Of course, it is.  How else would we understand when to run or stand and fight?

As in all oppressive states, ignorance is the most valued tool in maintaining mass control. There was sound reasoning behind keeping African slaves ignorant. Knowledge of our oppressors’ weaknesses and strengths sharpens our survival skills and pushes the consciousness to a space of limitlessness. You can’t unlearn.

Once the mind opens to train the brain the environment of human politics changes. Embracement of dogmas and the actions of remaining oppressed comes to an end. And in doing so makes obsolete our oppressor.

The wretched nativism used by the white male ruling class that’s our government is in its last gasps. Sped along by the very machinations they rule.  For the first time in humanity’s history education is at our fingertips. The knuckle draggers clinching tight to the concepts of the sanctified sovereign must face the inevitability of physical and emotional evolution.

The ideological great divide and wealth distribution favors the informed.

AI or Artificial Intelligence is mapping its own evolutionary path, painting our self-perceptions in prisms of new emotional colors– making of the impossible possible. And expanding how women will interpret our world infinitely.

There’s an inevitableness to the changes coming to our world.

No dramatic awakening and no big gang to hypothesize about in the future. Just the slow migration of social consciousness to something stronger. Mr. Nadella addressed an audience that are harbingers of our future. They are without borders and owes no acquiescence to any sovereign’s politics as usual.

 

An Unnatural Vice By K.J. Charles

Book Review

Impressions
My first time reading this author and I am going back to the well. Her descriptive language pulled me into the world of a London that has fascinated me. This is a view of the raw unvarnished realities of a time when monochrome morality was worsen by pollution leaden fog and “poor houses”. I am in London. Slipping and sliding on fog-wet pavers and stepping onto high kerbs.

This writing developed beautifully with its careful transition to faith fulfillment and an unrepentant love between two men who are polar opposites.

Seduction

“The sane, sensible, lawyer part of Nathaniel’s mind was screaming Danger! But it was being drowned out by the blood pounding in his ears. Lazarus’s slightly parted lips, those wicked eyes, the scruffy half-grown beard, all of those were making his mouth dry, but it was the sheer unrelenting will of the man opposite him that was turning attraction into urgent need.” – An Unnatural Vice

Halfway through the read and my favorite character is Justin Lazarus. His seduction of Nathaniel is haunting. Justin’s jaunty arrogance that belies self-hate and extreme cynicism, for me, was heart stealing. It seems Nathaniel’s notice of the charlatan’s unusual and perhaps uncanny good looks begin this tale of love and self-discoveries. This was a story begun in a drawing room on Hanging Sword Alley and it began nicely for me.

It is one thing to include jargon of period and culture and another thing completely to weave it into the read in ways that add ambiance. It is wonderful to receive an education while being seduced between the covers of this book.

Of course, this is also a tale that never seems to grow old, the seeming endless breach between the obstinacy of conservative ideologies versus preachers of neo-progression

Story/Plot/Conflict

Something is definitely afoot when bodies are showing up at his friend’s door and family heads are mysteriously committing suicide. Of course, it’s in Victorian England where upstanding people do these things when scandal knocks at the door. But the wealthy journalist and family friend Nathaniel decides to right the wrongs and in the process finds his world, reshaped.

He must obtain the assistance of the London Seer. Born of the gutter and abandoned at birth Justin Lazarus is a self-made man who profits as an unapologetic lair and cheat. Preying on the lonely and bereft, he enters Nathaniel Roy’s life. Antagonism, mutual want, and uncontrolled passions change them both…but at what cost.

My Main Characterizations

Nathaniel Roy (Nathan Royston) He is rich, powerful, large in statue, and filled to the brim with conservatism. Nathaniel felt only contempt for this charlatan that would use the pain of other’s loss as a tool to extort monies. But his empty heart is rapidly filling with the scent of Justin.

Justin Lazarus slight of built with uncanny grey eyes he exemplifies how a man coming of age in the wretched slums can find his own path to fame and riches. Unapologetic love allows him an escape from self-destruction and the discovery of self-worth.

Critiques
Put simply…this is good stuff and a good read. Thank you K.J. Charles