EFFECTIVE ACTIVISM TODAY

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


It was refreshing recently to witness a newer highly-effective style of activism being used by women trying to change the system of breast cancer research. What was immediately evident was their lack of blaming and anger. There were determination, focus and clarity to find out just what the problems were.


Lo and behold, these women discovered that instead of the current research being a sexist problem, it was more a group problem. Breast cancer researchers and government officials had established their own hierarchies and kept researching virtually the same things over and over. (In mousetrap terms, they kept researching spring-loaded mousetraps without looking for any other ways of catching mice.) The activists were able to change this research focus in a matter of months of media attention. (Planning by those women no doubt took longer.) Many problems with governments, businesses and other groups today are just such hierarchical problems. They may have had historical roots in sexism, racism or anti-gay feeling; but today such hierarchical problems often topple without that much effort because society has changed. They topple more readily when approached with calmness and determination instead of anger and blame.


Anger is ALWAYS beased upon unfulfilled expectations; fully let go of the expecting, and your anger will be no more.

Unfortunately, there remains much old-style ineffective blaming activism. Activists (women, blacks, gays or whoever) are often among the first to be offended by others' lack of understanding, yet frequently they themselves show little understanding of the 80% of the population friendly to their causes. For that friendly 80% is typically alienated by activism that unexpectedly costs them money or time. Also, they are increasingly turned off by the bashing rhetoric. Activists who are locked into the bashing of others probably need to be reeducated or replaced by their parent organizations.


Newer activists often see things differently and promote debate within activist hierarchies. The result of such debates is often more effective activism, such as evidenced by the women who recently tackled where the research funds go in breast cancer research. Let us celebrate the new activists!

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Celebration Time: If we are such a sexist society why do men vote as much as they do for women candidates? Why do blacks with a B+ high school average have a better chance than whites of entering college?

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