Having made this thesis, we do not want to confront women and men with each other in order to determine the better or smarter one. We simply look at the realities and talk about them openly. We are looking for answers to the questions – are we the witnessing the awakening of female consciousness, is it time to release the female element and is modern society ready for such a change? We have invited prof. Katarzyna Popiołek, Sonia Draga, Joanna Przetakiewicz and Tomasz Ossoliński.
Trapped by stereotypes
Young women often gorw up thinking that their color is pink, that as children they should play with Barbie dolls, then take care of the family and pursue their careers. Moreover, they should be gentle, calm, and preferably always smiling. And although many women have freed themselves from he peculiar treadmill of duties, it still exists. Just like the great number of stereotypes, which put us into certain social roles. A simple example – when we think about cooking a meal and creating a simple computer software at home, it is obvious that the first thing is done by women and the other one – by the men. The partnership that we are eager to change nowadays by all the cases has it that we agree to something together. It is not certain that Adam will be fixing cabinets, earn money and lay in front of the TV after work, while Eve will dust, cook, and then iron the shirts. And although we try to implement this agreement, it is extremely difficult to be consistent when we stumble over and over again over generations of behavior and situations in which our prejudices most often win.
Out of balance
Even in centuries of great intellectual, artistic and scientific awakening, men were in the lead. Even though The Renaissance has been very generous for the human right, it narrowed down women’s rights by preventing them, inter alia, from for training. During the Enlightenment, women were still not admitted to the ranks of scientists, creators or thinkers. Even if they had extraordinary minds, most often their achievements were represented by men. Targetting to masculinity is deeply rooted in almost every aspect of life. It turns out, that in 1990-2005, only 28% of the roles in films were assigned to women. Men not only receive more roles, but they also appear more often on the screen. There is also no image of women on banknotes, no women on monuments, no civilization achievements of women in the common mind. The consequence of this is that the male sentence is taken for granted, a universal truth, while the female opinion usually remains … a female opinion. We can easily notice it the offices and companies, where it is men who speak out only to make a decision, to put the final dot. In the meantime women play the role of a mediator, or at best, the illustrator of the problem, presentation of the subject to discuss. It is a men who usually finishes a conference, a business meeting or a consultation.
The power of the feminie root
It looks the perfect time has come to bring back the place of a feminine energy – the one that is responsible for empathy, ability to cooperate and achieve common goals. We can look for that inside us, and we should. Why? Let’s take a look at our brain that consists of a ‘maculine’ and ‘feminine’ parts. The left hemisphere is logical and analytical thinking, while the right hemisphere is intuition, creativity and imagination. If we decide that only the masculine approach is valuable , then nothing will change, but the feminine root will be unnecessarily put to sleep. Meanwhile, it can be awakened for the benefit of both genders. It is not about looking for similarities, or patching up each other’s deficits by putting puzzles in the empty fields with the words „feminine power” or „masculine energy”. It is rather about countering false statements that often distort the real picture. It’s a good thing that women create collectives, groups and movements that demonstrate the advantages of the internal strength and knowledge of women. We constantly blaze new paths, today we turn not only to ourselves, but also to those who stand outside. It also seems that the feminine element is one of the most desirable elements a modern man could possess today.
prof. Katarzyna Popiołek – Dean of the Faculty of Psychology in Katowice at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Psychologist, dr hab. Humanities, associate professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw at the Faculty of Psychology in Katowice.
Sonia Draga – publisher, social activist and businesswoman. Founder of the Sonia Draga Publishing House and president of the Sonia Draga Publishing Group. She is also the owner of several bookstores, President of the Polish Chamber of Books.
Joanna Przetakiewicz – fashion designer, entrepreneur, founder and director of the fashion brand „La Mania”. Initiator of the „Women of the New Era” project. The author of the book „I was not afraid to talk about it.”
Tomasz Ossoliński – one of the most respected fashion designers in the country, he is considered the best Polish male tailor. He is an innovator, he fulfills himself on several parallel paths of creativity. He is, among others, the author of many costumes for theatrical performances.