Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times: The Rise of the Wounded Feminine (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/4/20
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In The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second story of the Larsson trilogy, Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist, is shot by her father and buried by her half-brother. But at dawn, her hand rises from the grave. Stunning! Here it is: the rise of the wounded feminine despite patriarchy's destructive violence. Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times considers her attempted murder by a brutal father and her resurrection despite it, to be the resounding metaphor of our times: we are in a global crisis of an old order of the patriarchy that wants to maintain the status quo of wealth and power. Yet the feminine principle, so wounded by the violence against it, continues to rise up. The wounded feminine principle refers to both women and men. Women have come a long way since the 1960's, but that really isn't the whole story. In fact, the story is not even about women only. It is about men also. It is about something, in fact, beyond both men and women, and that is the rise of the wounded feminine soul energy that needs to be part and parcel of all of us. Why now? We are at a very important time, where there are huge psychic upheavals happening. Right now life is still in patriarchal dominator mode. But this is not about gender. Women can be daughters of a rigid patriarchal structure as much as men can be its sons. Likewise, men, as well as women, can carry the collaborative, partnership model that attends to the feminine, relational aspects of life. Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times explores the rise of the wounded feminine principle, as well as its burials in relation to the environment, money, politics, and the media, with particular attention to the Larsson trilogy. By addressing the rise of the wounded feminine, Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times can help us face courageously the powers that be, while not collapsing into the indifference and apathy that define letting the patriarchy continue its violent way. This book elucidates how in relationship to one another and to the earth, the wounded feminine shall rise.
Her thoughtful literary analyses and critiques of modern media, economics, and politics are shaped by the insight that in order to reap the concrete rewards insisted upon in some feminist texts, we must first change our beliefs about often undervalued parts of our selves and of our society. Namely, she challenges us to acknowledge and act on the fact that cooperation and gentleness are on par with power and domination. An experienced psychologist, Dr. Gajdos shines in the role of helping readers discover and reconcile the parts of the self. Her gentle self-examination practices what she preaches with a refreshingly humble and encouraging tone. Without attacking third wave feminism and its strong and empowered "grrls," she thus helps readers find their own healthy equilibrium between the yin and the yang, in their personal lives and in the world.
Poetic and theoretical but also practical and ultimately memorable, anyone interested in women's rights, psychology, popular culture, or spirituality will find in Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times: The Rise of the Wounded Feminine a balanced and well-structured must-read.
Stopping the violence means addressing the underlying causes. One of them is the celebration and dominance of
Super-masculine qualities in our society.....guns and murders; success and beating the other at any price.
We need to enable the feminine to rise. Emphasis on relationships, empathy, compassion and kindness.
Dr. Gajdos elaborates using examples from today's world: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Hillary Clinton
and many others. You should read this very well written and fascinating book.