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What is gender? Does an integral worldview offer an increased understanding of gender and sexual roles?

Does it help us to answer questions such as

Is gender binary or a spectrum?

How tied to gender are our sexual roles?

Where do our ideas about gender come from?


Has integral theory added anything to our understanding of gender at all? If not, why not?


Join us July 15th at 7pm at One Spirit Learning Alliance as our very own Gilles Herrada gives us a preview of his upcoming Integral Theory Conference presentation on this topic. From Gilles:

Why has integral failed to offer a compelling solution to the gender issue? I believe the problem resides in the fact that the integral worldview remains tethered to the symbolic/mythic framework of the Axial Age and its so-called perennial philosophies. Despite their great wisdom, Axial/perennial philosophies are the primary cause of our confusion regarding gender and sexual roles. And it is only when axial philosophies and their genderized vision of the Kosmos are put into a historical perspective that a truly integral approach to gender and sexual roles becomes possible.


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  • Tricia K.

    Another very important point is that is was only the last 40 years that women did not spend their whole life pregnant. Maybe that is a slight exaggeration however, even as early as the civil war 12 births was not uncommon. I can assure you if a women gave birth to 12 children she not thinking about much other than maintaining life. What has separated us from primates is the develop of the interiors and it is fair to say the proclivities or tendencies dictated by our bodies was natural. Integral life did not ordain agency as being masculine. Natural observation. Also over population has caused much stress on our social opportunities and the environment. You can see this in the animal kingdom as well.

    August 3, 2013

  • Tricia K.

    Unfortunate I had to leave on time. I wanted to make a comment on the earlier presentation about the mating habits of primates. Joseph Campbell used footage to explain certain biological impulses also. The presenter never mentioned how young male chimps needed to be initiated into male world of logic. Almost as if a threshold was necessary to go to the next step of life. Once the apes knew where the bananas were the males were bored and entertained themselves with war games that usually evolved agency or thresholds. Another very important point is that is was only the last 40 years that women did not spend their whole life pregnant.

    August 3, 2013

  • Tricia K.

    The leap from chimpanzee to humans required many years of evolution. Perrenial philosophy is the interior discovery of our exsistence. Integral description of feminine and masculine does not belong to integral is a curve derived from genuine experience between the polarities. They still part of our life.

    July 16, 2013

  • stella

    Looking so forward to seeing you guys

    July 10, 2013

  • Rebecca Ejo C.

    wow - I wish I could join you next Monday - I know this will be a juicy / fascinating conversation. My consolation is that I will be at Integral Theory Conference next week and can hear Gilles there - Integral Facilitator is a sponsor of the conference this year :-) wishing you all well

    July 9, 2013

  • Tricia K.

    I enjoyed last night and found the lecture interesting ...I would like to make a few suggestions. It would of been wonderful to apply integral theory to the hero journey. Myth and ritual is still alive to help facilitate passage to adulthood...however, to initiate into our community it is difficult because there really is not any available myth to help us with this. We have too many different types of people living together. From a Pedagogy perspective you can borrow and update mythology, however, I find it hard to believe any school system will encourage a form consciousness that resembles a break down of any kind!

    June 18, 2013

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