The #MeToo movement has launched a tidal wave of responses from women. This is Civil Rights Movement that is not going to go away. I believe that women need three things from men. Women need men to
- Listen to and acknowledge their feelings; their needs; and their traumas, their pain, their hurt and anger.
- Show Empathy, understanding and compassion towards the women that we have collectively hurt and violated.
- Be Accountable; to admit to our errors without getting defensive or counter-attacking.
These needs are reasonable. These needs are necessary for healing. Around the world, women have been traumatized, wounded, and harmed by immature masculinity – masculinity that is ruled by the Reptilian Brain.
All men – including me – need to take full responsibility for our complicity and for our ignorance (ignoring of) this important problem.
The purpose here is not to blame men, incriminate men or make men wrong. There is a Collective Masculine Wound at the heart of all violence perpetrated against women. Men need listening, compassion and empathy as well. We also need to remember something we have collectively forgotten.
Every human being on Earth came from the womb of a woman. The love of a mother for her children is a sacred force that gives us life and so much more. Every woman is someone’s daughter, sister or mother.
There is something sacred at the heart of every woman, every man and every child. I call this the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine.
The Divine Masculine honors and protects the Divine Feminine that is in every woman. Whether she is a mother, a porn star, an addict or a co-worker, she deserves your respect.