An Awakened Man’s Apology To Women
“As a man, I feel sorrow that women and feminine energy have been suppressed for so many thousands of years on our planet. ”
Throughout history, we have raped & abused you.
We have burned you at the stake, bought and sold your bodies for sexual pleasure, barred you from religious and political office, relegated you to subservient chores, forced you to hide your faces and even cut off your organs of sexual pleasure.
Although I may not have done these things personally, I am aware of the forces in the masculine psyche that are responsible for dishonoring the feminine.
I take responsibility for those forces and choose no longer to be run by them.
I do this on behalf of all men, in order to usher in a new era of co-creation.
I commit to treat your heart as the sacred temple it is, and I commit to celebrating the feminine in my intimate relationships as well as in my relationship to all life.
As A Man, I acknowledge that the religions of the past several thousand years have been mainly founded by and propagated by men.
We have often acted as if we have the last word on God and the spiritual life, when all we have really known is the masculine expression of those things.
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I honor your pathways of spiritual awakening, and I commit to the celebration of feminine spirituality. I honor your deep connection to the earth.
As men, our relationship to our planet, its resources, its weather, its oceans and its forests has for too long been motivated by acquisition and dominion.
I commit to listening to the intuitive sense you have of how to heal our planet and make it thrive.
I honor your intuition and your ability to feel.
As men, we have often devalued feeling and intuition in favor of a view dominated by data and logic.
I commit to respecting the arts of feeling, intuition and wisdom of the feminine heart, so that together we can integrate them into a balanced view of life.
I love the beauty of your body.
I feel sorrow that we men have used your beauty as a form of commerce: in prostitution, pornography and the sale of products through advertising.
I take a stand against any form of commercialization of woman’s beauty, and I respect that your body belongs to you.
I honor your capacity for peaceful resolution of conflicts.
We men have waged endless wars over our disagreements; by contrast, it is rare to find an invasion or war instigated by a woman.
I welcome your wisdom in creating a world in which we can all get along.
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I honor your capacity to listen to your body and its needs for food, rest and playtime.
As men, our preoccupation with goals and results has often driven us into a burn-out mentality.
I know we have often drawn you into that as well. I welcome your reminders to maintain balance in our bodies.
I honor your sense of compassionate justice.
In our justice system, men have dominated as judges and police. We’ve built prisons, and set punishment as a higher value than restitution.
I welcome you to bring the return of the heart to our system of justice.
I honor your capacity to enjoy and pay attention to what is here, right now.
As men, we often get overly focused on reaching the next milestone. We place so much emphasis on progress — what is new and better and faster — that we often forget to enjoy what we already have.
I know that together we can co-create in bringing forth the wisdom of sufficiency.
I know that in joining hands & leaving the past behind we can create a synergy of our strengths. Then there will be nothing that we cannot do together.
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“it is rare to find an invasion or war instigated by a woman.” You just wait till Hillary becomes the President.
P.S: I agree with the content of this article.
look, I get it, women have been overlorded for eternity on the frontline of life by men but there are some glaring realities that seem to get ignored when men drop to bended knee and act all humble before the ‘goddess’. It’s kind of embarrassing to watch for other men if we are honest.
Consider the saying “behind every great man is a woman” also consider that the real power behind any campaign in life is hidden, it is supposed to be in order to function fully without disturbance, the strategist remains at the back of the battle out of harms way and dictates the orders. In this way I have observed women send their men in to do their business in many ways in life and it makes perfect sense.
Also women are naturally experts at covert behaviour and emotional manipulation, while men are naturally front and centre and physically driven.
But the reality is that women have had as much control in shaping the world and its destiny as have men, maybe even more so. The error they make today is in trying to take the lead, once you have it you actually lose control of the game.
This is the fact that the feminist revolution misses and also why when stepping into the lead role you start to take on Masculine traits. It goes with the job. If you want it, women, go for it but you will likely become men in order to do so. The smart strategist stays in the shadows and dictates the show from there. This guy, sorry but its crap and emotive and actually quite a feminine response to the facts – Mark
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I agree with what this guy is saying here but from my experience he has to speak to the feminine within himself. The sacred union that is masculine and feminine coming together in our own beings is where the darkness can truly be healed. It is only then when we will have true harmony and peace on this planet. Blessings and an aho to all on their journey!
Gender is energetic and exists on a spectrum. As we’re all learning in today’s modern world, it’s not an either/or proposition anymore. While I have mixed feelings about this article, I can’t deny that it made me emotional. Things are better now than they’ve been in centuries (or more), but there’s still a way to go, as is evident after reading the responses to this article from the men.
I understand, though. You don’t even realize you’re doing it. There are many upon many experiments demonstrating this – for example the one where identical resumes were given to HR personnel, one with a man’s name, one with a woman’s name, and the overwhelming majority of the “male” candidates were chosen every time the experiment was repeated. Or the poll (and I know polls can be skewed) where men, again in overwhelming numbers, said that information given them by a man would be almost automatically accepted as fact, where as if a woman said it it was automatically suspected to be wrong.
These are just a couple examples and ones that people will actually admit to. It’s much more difficult to become aware of those little things being done on a subconscious level, but it is possible. We’re blind to the beliefs we have that are masquerading as being “just the way things are”, but they really are just beliefs and can be changed. The men who’ve read this article have taken a big step, but their responses indicate they just don’t get it yet. Examine the language you use when talking about women. Do you say things like “pushy” when you mean assertive or strong? It’s little things like that that matter.
And lastly, don’t get so defensive, men. It may be uncomfortable at first, but gender equality is necessary and it’s happening. So examine your attitudes and behaviors and make yourselves aware of the little ways you may be contributing to the imbalance. And if you claim you’re not then you’re lying to yourself, because we all do it, women too.
Don’t be so defensive? Men have been under attack for five decades. masculinity is considered a toxic problem to be solved.. Men have every right to be defensive. It is women who need to examine themselves and ask themselves why, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, they consider themselves to be oppressed or disadvantaged in our society.
Your anecdotal examples of male privilege fall apart in the glare of daily reality. Women can and do say whatever they wish to say about the male gender, however hate-filled, bigoted or derogatory it may be, and be assured their comments will be applauded, supported and accepted. If a man in the media or in any public forum dares to question any aspect of the female gender, or even makes an observation that may be unflattering, he is condemned, ostracized and often cast out of his job and shunned by his peers for fear they may be linked with his unsavory beliefs.
Women are universally promoted as morally superior , more intuitive and nurturing, more in touch with their emotions, conflict averse, team players and more. No-one making these claims is branded misandric. If a man was silly enough to make even one positive comment about a masculine trait he believes we possess that is lacking in women he would be crucified. eg. Michelle Obama recently said she had no doubt women were far more intelligent than men to rapturous applause. Had her husband, the leader of the free world, said he believed men were more intelligent than women, he would place his reputation and very career in jeopardy. hate and scorn would be hurled at him, editorials would whine and wail about his hate filled misogynistic attitudes. All this in a world you claim is placing women at a disadvantage. I could write pages, but I am tired.
Why would anyone write a piece apologising. for pain inflicted upon only one gender throughout history? If you want a suffering contest it would quickly become a no contest such is the horror endured by men throughout the ages , simply because they were men.
ROFL, women better at conflict resolution? I’ve literally seen women trying to scratch each other’s eyes out over shoes.
Nice sentiment. Yet as a man, I do not feel the need to apologize for how other men, and have societies, have treated women over time. Any more than I deserve to be punished for how other men have mistreated women. It is a tragedy how women have been treated in many societies. But the fact of the matter is, it is misleading to point back in time, and act as if they always have been, universally. In fact, in many Native American and almost all Celtic cultures, for example, they were rather egalitarian. The Celts in particular had women in every walk of life and position in society, from Druids to warriors to healers and leaders. Celts viewed men and women as equals, and in many other ways, you could honestly argue were very much an “evolved” people compared to most other humans on earth. It wasn’t until Roman and then Christian conquest and influence came into play, that things changed, and the Celts gradually began to lose who they were.
But back to the point……….I do not feel a personal guilt or need to apologize to all women everywhere for how they have been mistreated, when I myself have not done the mistreating. I have always respected women, I have always viewed them as equals, even as a little boy. That has ever been my mindset, and it probably is something, a core aspect of my being, that I have carried with me throughout my many lifetimes. Who is to say? What I can say, is that while things need to continue to improve…..it is a fact that things were far better, for women, for everyone, in many specific ways, in ages past, long before the dark tendrils of modern religion set about ruining the world.
It was a nice article but I do agree with you that as a man you do not need to apologize. We are only responsible for our own actions. As a woman I whole heartily agree with equality for women but when it comes to equality we as women need to realize with equality and power also comes with responsibility and accountability. I think that is the one of the issues with modern feminism. Your comment also made me want to research the Celts and Native Americans. 😉
I’m genuinely curious about this perspective. As a person who lives with “white privilege”, I often feel, that although I am not personally responsible for the horrific actions towards African Americans (or any other oppressed people), I do hold a responsible to assist in the healing process by utilizing my position in any way that I can to help heal and mend the deep tear in the fabric of our humaness. I may not be personally responsible, but this is not a personal issue.
I agree with your comment. You of course are not personally responsible but you are responsibility in the healing process as well as black people having a responsibility in healing practice as well. Our over all responsibility is treating people the way you want to be treated. Basically treating people with respect. In my opinion oppression comes from not seeing our fellow human being as equal or deserving equal treatment. When we see other’s less than then we think we can control them. A person never tries to control or dominate their equal. I also remember reading an article where it ask should white people/america apologize for slavery. The apology sounded like a nice sentiment but an apology using words that could have no meaning (remember people apologize all the time and not mean it) and is of no use if it’s not put into action. That action would be treating your fellow human being with the respect you would want. I think this is a good foundation for everyone to heal.
You missed the point. This article is not about personal guilt. It’s about acknowledging what has happened in the past, what is happening now, having empathy and committing to being part of the change.
You are actually part of the problem. This article spoke about the oppression and mistreatment of women and all you could think about was separating yourself from it and holding yourself up. That sense of entitlement, the it’s all about you attitude, is one of the reasons that so much oppression has existed. You participated in oppression by placing your ego above everyone else. So yes you do need to apologize. You are just as much a part of the system that oppresses women as anyone else. That sense of entitlement has most likely permeated other parts of your life and been used to hurt people since it almost always does.
Blaming religion is also rather senseless. Religion really has nothing to do with it. It’s the people who twist and manipulate religion in order to use it for their own gain who are the problem.
I’m confused. Where was the sense of entitlement in his statement. “This article is not about personal guilt.” but the title says an awakened man apology to women. In the article the author is issuing an apology not only from himself but on behalf of all men. “I do this on behalf of all men, in order to usher in a new era of co-creation” People apology when the feel (personally) guilty .Jeese Moak did acknowledge that women have and are being treated badly. In his comment ” It is a tragedy how women have been treated in many societies… I have always respected women, I have always viewed them as equals, even as a little boy.” People’s individuals action create movements whether it be a movement of oppression/abuse or equality/peace. And people’s actions contribute to movements. By looking Jeese Moaks stated words that express his actions he is not contributing to the oppression of women. By ending oppression and abuse we must monitor our own individual actions by not continuing to contribute to bad actions but also speak up against the actions of other who want to/do oppress and abuse. Instead using Jesse Moak as a face to place on the patriarchy to expel anger, you should be put the blame on the actually people who do abuse and oppress women. Those faces are not hidden from the public. We can look at history and today to see who created the oppression of women and look at the actions of others to see who is continue to contribute to the oppression and abuse.
There’s a difference between saying I’m sorry for doing this and saying I’m sorry you experienced this. The apology in this article was the latter. Yes Jesse made a lot of statements about how he views women as equals but he still made it all about himself and what he personally has and hasn’t done. That’s where the entitlement comes in. He could have said that he is sorry that women have experienced oppression and left it at that. Instead his ego couldn’t handle the idea of having to humble himself so he made it all about himself to stroke that ego and in doing so made the oppression of women secondary. It may have not been blatant but subversive oppression is just as damaging.
An apology means I am sorry for this. It does not mean I am sorry that you had to endure this.
If you read the post, it’s very obvious what the author is saying. He very obviously is saying that he is sorry for what women had to endure. He is apologizing on behalf of toxic masculinity as a whole, not taking personal responsibility.
Is he apologising to all femininity or is he excluding toxic femininity?
(Sorry it took me long to reply. I’m just seeing this in my profile.) Still in the article the author uses apology on behalf all men. Why would you use the words apology on behalf of all men and the author uses “we men” to imply that he and ALL men are the guilty party not I’m sorry woman have experience oppression by men.This article/letter is an apology on behalf of all men is not an acknowledgement of oppression. “But he still made it all about himself and what he personally has and hasn’t done.” I’m assuming that’s what made Jesse make the statement ‘I have not done anything personally wrong’ (just like your assuming it was his ego that made him make the statement) because he is accused of personal wrong because the letter is an apology of behalf of ALL men and all men included him. Jesse didn’t have to say anything but it’s damn if you do and damn if you don’t. If he didn’t it would have look like he didn’t care or if he did he would been over analyzed and accused of being insensitive or micro aggression (subversive oppression).
When will you apologise for the pain women have inflicted upon men throughout history?
Anna, please, the entire thing is about getting men to atone for the sins of long ago. We acknowledge what happened and modern-day feminism is making all men pay for it with interest. So what is it you want from men that we haven’t already given you? Or is this about Daddy Issues?
What a load of nonsense. How are women oppressed? You talk of women being oppressed throughout history as though they lived in a separate bubble from men who were living a life of comfort and privilege. Men were doing deadly, dangerous back breaking work, from dawn until dusk or hunting wild animals to feed their family or fighting other tribes in order to protect their family or gain spoils to share with their family.
There has never been a time, other than in the twisted minds of feminists, when women were oppressed and men were not. Both genders have always had to face hardships linked to their biology.
Today, I can say with confidence , women are far more privileged than men in our western societies. There are countless laws which overtly favor women over men. They receive far more funding for their health needs than men. We cater to their every whim be it in the workplace or home.Name one area where men’s needs are given preference over the needs of women. Male suffering is invisible and ignored. Open your eyes, Anna.