is for Generation in the A to Z of Tools for Legacy
In many ways the Women’s Legacy Project is about a point in time and the women who live in this nexus that connects awareness, challenges, and technology at this tipping point in human history and our planet’s life.
Our generation is a collection of women who lived through the moment when centuries and sensibilities changed, almost imperceptibly, into an urgent awareness of this moment of precipitous discontinuity. Climate change may well change everything, including social structure.
A generation is usually defined through cycles of population as time it takes for one group of people to replace themselves biologically. I like to use a rate of around 3 generations per century based on anthropologically informed genetic research. The generational length for women and men is slightly different, too. In the short term this means almost nothing. Women’s generational length is around 29 years and men’s is around 34 years. But taken over long periods of time, the rate of women’s evolution is more rapid than that of men.
Yep. Here it is, published research that shows women are more highly evolved than men.
Women who are old enough to be untethered from the daily demands of rearing offspring, and who are ingenious enough or wealthy enough to be geographically mobile, or savvy enough follow information highways and paths to trends around the world know that something is brewing in women’s culture. This make me want to yell out, “Coffee’s ready!”
What I’m hearing different groups and quite distinct types of women say, include:
- gender equality is at the core of sustainable development
- the feminine divine is the path forward
- women’s voices are the keys to freedom
Today’s women who are old enough to remember the last century know that women’s roles have expanded but we all know that equity has not improved and has actually worsened for many during the last decades. The one area that has improved is global communication. There is still an information divide, and there are information deserts, but communication is much easier across a much larger distance. The concept of Info Deserts intrigues me – just heard a talk today by CM! Winters-Palacio that covered this topic.
The first generation of digital grandmothers is right here, right now. Not everything is rosy, but women of a certain age are sage individuals and information archival and retrieval experts, for families, communities, and now for the global community. This really is changing everything!
Some of the best tools you might discover on your legacy journey may well be what other women know and share.
Global instantaneous communication can defeat hierarchical and patriarchal attempts to repress expression by gender, age, status, or other traits. As I always say, “Information flows toward freedom.”
Letter G Legacy of a Generation Tools for Legacy projects
Hey Crafters, you were way ahead of the curve where legacy is involved, both technologically and visually.
The legacy we build is the legacy we leave. The love that is poured into an activity with a child or for a loved one can sometimes be felt in the object long after it is crafted.
This is why mothers often have a box of treasures on a shelf somewhere that is filled with lumps of toothpick incised clay shapes and pages of construction paper covered with crayon squiggles.
It goes in both directions.
What you craft is a visual and tactile embodiment of caring. Taking the time to make something beautiful is not only a creative outlet in a life that may or may not have other creative outlets, it is symbolic, and when shared, conveys a personal meaning a purchased gift may not be able to convey.
Crafting often celebrates the processes that have always been infused with love for the people who will enjoy the fruits of those labors.
If you make bread, or sweets with daughters, sons, and grandchildren and talk to them about making pasta, or setting the table for Sunday dinner, or gathering eggs with a grandparent or relative when you were small, you crafts little hooks of meaning and experience upon which the child can latch memories of family, and food, and working with relatives, and family friends, for the rest of their lives.
What once might have been absorbed into life matter-of-factly when we were all creatively engaged in living during more agrarian times, can still be experienced though it does take a bit more planning. The memories we make and the information we share in doing so are well worth the effort.
Post 3, the Letter C, Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
Women, as Apple used to say, “Think Different.” Thank heavens for that difference. I think it might save the world.
As I say in an article which I am honored to say was selected to be live during the inaugural launch of the Generation Fabulous site,
Women’s culture, which had been desperately filling every small crevice not already claimed by male culture, was bursting at the seams – and when the electronic niche of a globally interconnected world wide web opened, we flooded in with blogs and e-books, and all the knowledge, skills and strategies that we as women have been trying to keep alive in a world where ubiquitous limiting constraints worked against us.
This quote is wordy, and a bit intellectual, but what do you expect when we are describing one of the most significant spin-offs of the early electronic age?
Women’s empowerment and equalization of women in history were not among the intentions voiced in the planning of ARPAnet, Mosaic, and other defense and education communication technologies that led to what we now know as the internet, inter-webs, web, net, cloud and/or information highway. Cultural evolution is tricky that way. If you try to constrain, control, channel or “pipe” it, it will spring a leak, wriggle away, or morph into something completely different. Go with the flow.
Women flow, women think different, women persist. There is a flow or an energy among women of a certain age. I’ve written about it before.
No matter how troubled, unappreciated, stressed, overworked, or underpaid we women writers of a certain age may be, we are creating the structure of future with the paths we walk, the words we write, and the myths we disintegrate with our raging ray-guns powered by the energy released during hormonal fluctuations.
Zeitgeist is the word that comes to mind. The “spirit of the times” is real and perceptible to people who are aware of trajectories and trends as they emerge. I became aware of a group of women acting on Zeitgeist at the BlogHer conference last year who formed a critical mass. I was planning to launch a site, Done Nesting at that time, and found a group of women of a similar age to me, women who are of a certain age, and who were all, each and every one of them, ready to act or acting on the need for a non-Mommy-Blogger community, alliance, group, recognition… I spoke to many folks about how we, women of a certain age, felt about the how some of feeling that the unofficial but widely known target audience of BlogHer being Mommy Bloggers. I talked to Lesbian Dad, aka Polly, who is of a certain age, about this; but she is a mommy blogger even though she calls herself a dad. Even though Polly understood what I was talking about, and she was the only one besides Denise who understood what I, and other women who do not have children living in their household at the moment, were talking about when we said we felt excluded and ignored.
I do have to say as a disclaimer that there was one session at this conference last year, that addressed an older mommy blogging constituency, “Blogging into Midlife.” I missed it. Duh. I thought it was for 30 or 40-somethings. Yes, I am 50 something. I am still 24 in my head but time passes. So, I attended “Strength in Numbers” because of my interest in online organizing.
I met several other women, of a certain age, I had followed, read, admired, or just discovered at the conference at the Birds of a Feather Breakfast, and at another event that had nothing to do with BlogHer that was in NYC at the same time: a “Bloomer” gathering put on by the Boom Box Network.
There was change in the wind. Soon after the conference a group, GenFab, popped up on Facebook and I had found my Homies/Tribe/Peer Group.
I ruthlessly read and share with this group. Competition be damned! We are all Fabulous women writers who are for the most part of a certain age. Knowing what other women who were similarly motivated were doing helped me hone my ideas for a site. Done Nesting is on hold and I am moving forward with BoomHer.net. No writer creates for exactly the same audience, we all fill different niches. Few people, or marketing agencies, are skilled enough to even know how to determine real market share or audience and then create something that would target exactly the same group. If you know of anyone who can do this, please let me know! I want to work with them.
I choose to move forward together, create synergy, and increase the momentum of the trajectory of women creating their own legacy, in searchable form, on the internet. I am absolutely pleased as punch that Generation Fabulous, the site, (apart from the Facebook group) launched today. Women know how to coöperate, if we didn’t the species would have died out ages ago. So when asked about how I feel about great sites that might be viewed as competitors, I respond that we are not competitors, but rather, are smooth operators and cool collaborators . (Cue Sade here.)