How is femininity doing?

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Translation : Régine Paradis

The election, in Finland, on December 9, 2019, of the youngest Prime Minister in the history of the country and the youngest head of government in the world, has raised interest in knowing how femininity is doing in a world dominated by masculinity; femininity being one of the major values promoted by the Raelian philosophy.

Finland was the first country in the world to elect women to parliament. More than 100 years later, Sanna Marin represents this rising generation of women politicians (13 out of a 19-member cabinet) in this Nordic country, a pioneer in gender equality. She comes from a poor family and grew up in a “rainbow family” that showed her how important “equality, justice, and human rights” are[1].

In addition, she is part of the “club” of leaders under 40 years of age who head a country. This is a club that also includes Jacinda Ardern, the 39-year-old Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has been at the head of the archipelago’s government for two years now. She has introduced, among other things, a progressive measure, the country’s “welfare budget”.

We won’t make an exhaustive list here, but it’s worth noting that in 2018, only 9.8% of countries in the world were led by women.[2] The great obstacle to women’s parity is the culture of masculinity/phallocracy, which is increasingly embarrassing to men. Joeun Kim, Ph.D. in sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University, reminds us that gender equality “is not just about women, but true gender equality, men also carry socially imposed burdens“.

However, let’s agree that femininity is not the expression of Geniocracy which is a political regime in which power is exercised by women. And even less feminism, which is a diversified movement, whose fights for equality between women and men have evolved over the years and in different countries. Femininity calls for a superior sensitivity towards others; it is, among other things, “the art of human kindness“. Rael – Contact 302. This sensitivity is not unique to women, but is a more natural dimension in them.

Femininity refers to societies that prioritize so-called “feminine” characteristics such as listening, empathy, mutual aid, and where the roles of women and men are undifferentiated or interchangeable. Whereas masculinity refers to societies that prioritize so-called “masculine” characteristics such as competition, courage, ambition, material success and where the roles of women and men are clearly differentiated.

The choice of femininity is vital for humanity to counter violence in all its forms against both men and women. If equality between men and women is a foundation, then there is a need to intensify femininity “and embrace our sensuality in order to truly propel the consciousness of humanity into the 21st century“. Rael – Contact 302.

Whether embodied by a man or a woman, “If femininity is a remedy for mankind and is the way to prevent its destruction, then to develop it becomes a necessity and the responsibility of each human being, regardless of his or her gender“.[3]

Rachel Bluteau
Columnist for the Raelian Movement

[1] La Presse, December 9, 2019

[2] In French only

[3] Rael: Words of Maitreya from A to Z p. 30