I've noticed a lot of women stirring things up, too.
I disagree with Laura in asserting that biology is, in fact, part of the equation.
I would like to take this observation and explore it further:
"When Pope Francis on his trip to the US, met for a moment with an opponent of marriage equality - it caused a firestorm. The fact that he was surrounded the entire time by men and an institution that opposes female equality - was met with a respectful hush."
Generally, any indication of this inequity is almost always met with a "respectful hush."
If human beings were not taught to grant all homage to a father god, a father god who represents the antithesis of the biological FACT that females give life and are the Creators of Life on the physical plane; then the vision of Life as a SHARED CREATION would set up a foundation for genuine gender-based equality.
Riane Eisler has written at length about those societies and civilizations that predated patriarchy. People living in those earlier eras worshiped the Goddess-Mother as life-giving force.
Since every child was a child of That Mother, there was no ranking system... as so unlike patriarchy.
Dr. King can be forgiven for citing militarism, poverty, and racism as the triplicate sins of the world and missing--entirely--the brutal plight of women. According to Eve Ensler, one billion women will experience violence from a male during the course of their lifetimes.
The epidemic of a particular species of violence based entirely upon misogyny is seldom discussed. It's found in the wide-scale murder of women throughout Central America and Mexico's border towns. These crimes go without redress.
Robert Koehler, Father John Dear, and many other writers refuse to recognize gender-based violence even though it is incredibly pervasive.
The moral twisting that must go on to make this particular form of criminality invisible reminds me of the psychiatrist so insistent on making gender invisible that with evidence that 90% of serial killers ARE men, he STILL tried to insist on a gender-based equivalence.
I think many men cannot face their own shadow. Whether they push their wives or girlfriends around, saw their fathers treating their mothers shabbily, or just have internalized the religious rhetoric that grants them unquestioned superiority, the shadow of misogyny is dark and deep and too many refuse to face it.
Although the same anti-Mother Nature corporate sociopaths who have done much to taint the world's precious seed stocks with genetically engineered poisons (and mutations) are now no doubt aimed at mastering cloning... what is also a Divine component of ALL matter is the marriage between Yin and Yang.
DNA is composed of 2 (double) strands, and for human beings, it requires equal input from the Father and the Mother. Both genders come together to make life happen, although the Female expresses it.
In chemistry, an equal number of negatively charged electrons encircle a nucleus composed of positively charged protons. So even on an elemental level, there is a Yin-Yang component to the nature of molecular structures, and electricity, itself.
EVERYWHERE the integral dance between Yin and Yang is underway. SHE is not HE. It is the UNION between the polarities that makes for oneness...
In our world under patriarchy, Her witness is almost entirely bleached out. It's also seen in the movement that hides the crimes against Black girls: "Say Her Name!"
One reason why I rail against the insistence on any one-size-fits-all frame is that it always represents the voice of the male, the Yang side... while keeping the feminine Divine partner, co-pilot (in this thing called life), and complement... invisible.
THAT is what so many women are expressing.
The shift in global consciousness is about at last recognizing The Divine Daughter... not just the Divine Son. HER voice has been missing from all decision-making tables for too long.
In every photo of just about every major gathering of key figures in the news, those with decision-making capacities, there may be ONE token woman or ONE token person of color. Making fun of the actual fact that it's almost always a bunch of old, rich, white guys... diffuses the significance of so limited a grouping deciding so much for so many.