Also Nick Apex, since you didn’t understand how Eisler’s 30 years of research on the partnership/domination continuum was relevant to this discussion, I’m going to give you a link with more info, but here’s some to start with. Then I’m going to go get off line and play in the pool with my partner.

One overarching myth is that partnership is just another term for working together or collaboration. The reality is that:

  • a partnership system refers to much more than collaboration
  • collaboration is possible in both the partnership and domination systems, but is patterned differently

Societies adhering closely to the Domination system have the following core configuration:

  • top-down authoritarian control in both the family and state or tribe
  • the subordination of the female half of humanity to the male half
  • the devaluation of caring, nonviolence, and other stereotypically “soft” values
  • hierarchies of domination based on “power over”
  • a high degree of institutionalized or built-in fear, coercion, and violence

Societies adhering closely to the Partnership system have a different core configuration

  • a more democratic organization in both the family and state or tribe
  • the male and female halves of humanity are equally valued
  • values such as caring and nonviolence are highly regarded in both women and men
  • hierarchies of actualization based on “power to” and “power with”
  • a low degree of institutionalized or built-in fear, coercion, and violence, as they are not needed to impose and maintain rigid rankings — man over man, man over woman, race over race, religion over religion, and so on.

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