A few things we’ve been thinking about in response to Tuesday’s John Friend article and the comments that followed:
1. Are hierarchical business models (yoga-inspired or otherwise) specifically male models of organization, and should women know as much going into them?
This may sound insane, but we’re just thinking aloud here, so don’t be such a jerk farmer: There’s an assumption that hierarchical business structures (pick any as an example) are gender-neutral, and the reason women have remained on the lower rungs of the ladder is because men have somehow co-opted the highest positions, and that everything social under the sun helps to reinforce their position. But, what if hierarchical business models are not neutral at all, but are set up entirely for male dominance? What if the rules of this game “women” (to retain the gendered roles defined in the JF Scandal) want to play is rigged ahead of time? What if there’s no way for women to win at the hierarchical business model game, where perhaps they are, as French theorist, Luce Irigary, has said, “two things at once: utilitarian objects and bearers of value.” Is there another, more interesting, means for organization that people can engage in?
2. Other models might allow for actual choice
If other models of organization were normalized, people with a penchant for the dog-eat-dog of things could choose to participate in hierarchical models, much in the same way a person chooses to engage in sexual acts that engage a tiered dynamic of power. (Think D/s, etc.)
3. Non-consensual power-over is a shitty awful cancer that infects whatever it touches
I promise you that the desire (latent or otherwise) to achieve non-consensual power-over another person can manifest in all humans “cis-gendered,” “trans-gendered,” “boy,” “girl,” whomever. Power-over is a corrupter. It’s a good idea to find out where it resides in you.
4. Don’t Buy (Into) Stupid Shit
Newsflash: You don’t have to buy that thing in your hand. You also don’t have to buy that thing in your head. However, let’s be real. Sometimes “retail therapy” is the only workable solution.
5. Wai Lana will outlast everyone
We can’t be sure, but we think it’s very possible that Wai Lana will outlive all that commercial yoga culture has to offer. Is it because of her dancing? Her smile?
6. Bikram Yoga. Gateway drug?