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Masculine vs Feminine Economy

My major realization lately is that I have transitioned into a career that allows me — no, encourages me —

— to embrace my curiosities into nature’s cycles.

I have always been fascinated by the phases of the moon, the earth’s orbit around the sun, the seasons, equinoxes, solstices …

And in my former career as a software designer in tech, those things seemed irrelevant, superfluous, even laughable.

To be very grandiose about it, I left a masculine industry for a more feminist one.

That is not a statement about the gender of the people I work with.

It’s more about energetic masculine & feminine.

Like in binary code, one vs zero, plus vs minus, yang vs yin, action vs rest.

My last job in tech was in a women-run company. The executive staff was all women, except one sole man in charge of engineering.

But all the women played by patriarchy’s rules.

Performance and productivity were all that mattered.

Everyone worked more hours than their health could bear.

Nobody honored their natural cycles or needs, resulting in frequent illness, squabbles, and tears.

And just as women can buy into patriarchal values, the men in my new industry have completely embraced feminist values.

They set their own hours.

They honor work-life balance and spend time with their families.

They explore multiple paths and run experiments to find creativity and innovation.

Their networks and relationships are their most valuable assets and they know we’ll all be better off if we work collaboratively, not competitively.

And I was pleasantly surprised when a few weeks ago, at an event my company helped host, one of the speakers, our friend David McConville of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, started his talk on Regeneration with historic artifacts of early humans tracking moon phases.

I no longer feel like I have to hide my journal pages where I track the phase of the moon, the sun and moon’s rise and set times, and the seasons.

And as I become more open about these things, my enjoyment of them grows. Leaning into things you’re curious about seems to unlock creativity and get the energy flowing through your system.

Repressing and feeling embarrassed about your curiosity turns off the juice. You just feel stunted and unfulfilled.

So all those things I always say about not fitting in and walking your own path and embracing your weird — yes, yes, yes, AND… it’s much easier to do that when you have a supportive community
around you.

Something to look out for.

 

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