What would politics and international law look like if they had evolved with a feminine consciousness, instead of a masculine consciousness? All of us have both masculine and feminine consciousness. Masculine consciousness is focused on power, security, outcomes and logic, and relates to our public identity. The feminine consciousness is relationship-orientated and intuitive, focusing on the care and nurturing of our health, well-being, family, community and nature (if you’re interested in this, you can download my e-book on this topic on the home page).
HOW THE WORLD MAY HAVE EVOLVED WITH A FEMININE CONSCIOUSNESS
The value system of the feminine consciousness prioritizes equality, health and relationships over power, protection and territory. In this consciousness, our ‘security’ is derived from the quality of relationships and ongoing communication with others. If politics and international law had evolved according to a feminine consciousness, it may have had the following characteristics:
(i) A United Nations with the General Assembly as a permanent world government, with rotating ‘leadership’ of the Assembly, and each nation-state entitled to one vote;
(ii) A permanent world government that makes decisions on the natural environment, distribution of world resources, and the long-term consequences of certain technological developments;
(iii) International laws that are unfolding ‘relationship narratives’ and ‘intention reports,’ rather than fixed documents that dictate behaviour and lead to penalties when such behaviour is not carried out. Such narratives have certain fundamental elements, but these are subject to change as each country evolves;
(iv) A more diverse response to international conflicts based upon the laws and customs of the parties involved;
(v) A greater amount of ‘nation-states’ that have sought self-determination based upon common cultural heritage;
(vi) No significant disparities in power because the era of colonialism never existed;
(vii) A focus on a universal narrative of empowerment as the priority of international law;
(viii) No specific human rights conventions for women, children, and others of various races and abilities because all human beings have the same intrinsic rights and entitlements;
(ix) No need for a genocide or torture convention;
(x) No nuclear weapons, and no acts of aggression that need to be constrained with force;
(xi) The presence of International Resolution Law, which focuses on mediation and arbitration in the case of nation-state disputes;
(xii) A strong and fertile natural environment that is more powerful and more instrumental than human-made developments;
(xiii) Less, and slower technological development;
(xiv) More entrenched national identities and languages based on indigenous customs;
(xv) A smaller and slower-growing world population due to the lack of control over the natural environment and an absence of medical technology.
A dominant feminine consciousness does not automatically signify a matriarchal society, with more women in leadership roles and the public sphere than men. If men and women access both their masculine and feminine sides, the sex of representatives in politics, business or law is immaterial, because each individual will be able to represent the importance of the masculine and the feminine, and the public and private spheres. However the feminine consciousness is more likely to foster a social system that equally distributes public and private sphere activities between all ages, races and sexes. In the feminine consciousness, the concern of one is the concern of the whole.
A dominant feminine consciousness is not necessarily preferable to a dominant masculine consciousness, because a dominant feminine consciousness can lack direction and clear boundaries, and can be vulnerable to threats from within the natural environment, or from uncooperative collectives within the system. Moreover, there is a need for strong and un-self conscious leadership and competition. It is also reasonable to prioritise the need for physical survival, which is the dominant concern of the masculine consciousness. As such, it is important for an integration of masculine and feminine consciousness in the public and private spheres.