Our speaking up about series is all about bringing you the best articles from School of Visibility students, and our founder Samantha Nolan-Smith, on topics you’ve told us you want to learn more about. We’ll be growing these throughout 2019 so be sure to check back over the coming months.
NB: we curate the collection of articles for each of the subject areas and the first people we go to for articles are the students of our classes and programs. If you’d like to submit an article for inclusion in one of our subject areas, please email us at hello(at)theschoolofvisibility(dot)com.
A man’s value… has always had a financial component to it (at least for as long as capitalism has existed). He not only can, but is expected to negotiate the monetary value of his worth, and as a society we’re happy to pay him accordingly.
Which leaves women in an uncomfortable position. Because at some point, we enter the world of commerce and have to find a way to participate in a system which expects us to act in a fundamentally different manner to the way we’ve been raised. We’re asked to fend for ourselves, claim our value, negotiate our financial worth, set clear boundaries, and receive as much as we give.
For the most part the fight for gender equality in society has been achieved by trying to prove that women are like men. That we can do anything they can do. What that means is that we’ve been co-opted into rejecting the feminine.
As we talk about what it means to embrace feminine energies and values, and build our businesses from that place, we must recognise that there’s a mess of concepts and ideas and stories that first need cleaning up. Until we do that, the feminine cannot be understood. Because we’re looking at her through a lens that cannot comprehend her power and her strength.
I had judgment coming in from every angle;
- My social justice self thought it was too commercial, too immersed in capitalism.
- My spiritual self thought it was too materialistic to earn money by selling things (what was being sold didn’t seem to matter, it was the fact of selling that was the problem).
- My middle class self thought it was crass to sell things for a living when I’d already acquired a good education and really, should go and work for a big corporation or a government agency (that being a more respectable way to earn a living apparently).