While there are a lot of things we cannot change (?), there is one that is in a constant wave of change: language.
Words and their use are for ever molding who we are (then, Chomsky may have other ideas or, do we agree?) as language changes sometimes come with incredible speed and unmeasurable damaging implications.
Thus the concept of "spinning" was born and perfected during the present Bush Administration and during the hopefully now defunct political correctness madness period.
"Truthiness" was resuscitated by Steven Colbert and became the "word of the year 2006".
Now, we are coming to understand that words do have an impact and that old adage: sticks and stones can hurt you but words cannot, has been proven to be completely wrong. (Some of us knew this aaaaaaaaall along!)
As NA society has been relentlessly pushed into a corner by "terrorism" fear mongers (something like being kept barefoot and pregnant?) with no room to escape, people are adapting their behaviour to that, of what that fear language provokes... and it manifest itself everywhere, including places of worship, in all kinds of derogatory and aggressive rhetoric.
We can change that by refusing to buy into this new "concepts" and the use of such words, by mindfully using another language - that of logic, love and compassion - truth and reality!!!
I found out the other day, to my dismay, that simply because I believe and strongly advocate for Human Rights, and I am for peace - I have become a "leftist" - I am part of the group now shamelessly labeled "the left" - while "the (new righteous) right" is actually "pro war and domination/abuse of various sorts".
Have we all gone mad that we just watch this unfold in front of us, and do not actively "mold" the language to reflect our (other)reality?
(It IS official since this week, the show "This hour has 22 minutes" has resuscitated the word "Commie", as I feared it would happen sooner or later, AND the Canadian Army is shamelessly recruiting (as seen in new TV ad) in the name of that which is decent and must be restored or preserved to "fight for" - so we had gone with this new Conservative Government in less than a year from a traditional Peace Keeping Force to full right-out warriors, actively engaging in violence, "fighting" for peace, to end poverty ... etc...)Way to go Canada - backwards!
Regarding my personal/project needs - Under this same language banner - during the Feminist Theology workshop, the suggestion that we should be done with trying to create "a new wave" of Feminist Movement (yeahhh...), we should be looking at calling it (as we are all profoundly "integrationists" in this group anyway) an Anthropological Movement (as uttered by Sally McFague)... sounded good and exiting to me, until one of our more mischievous male members quietly said with a smile ... you know, "anthro" is Greek fr... he did not have to finish, as I immediately realized we were going to be caught-up again in the semantics of it all! He-he-he
OK then, back to my own drawing board... how am I going to call what I am doing now ... as I am not really comfortable with the word "Feminist" as it does not describe accurately all what I think and feel - Only one portion of it - could I call it "Integrationist Feminism"?
Integrationist Movement? Maybe, I can used them interchangeably... as I know for sure I am going to be addressing/focusing on the "Biology of Sacred Feminine" which is something that is inescapable for all of us!
Update March 3, 2007
After researching the different options as for their meanings "INTEGRATIONIST" is the word!
It shall be called from now on : "Integrationist Movement" ("Integrationist Feminism"/Integrationist Feminist Movement").