Partnership Vision

In The Chalice & The Blade Riane Eisler introduced the distinction between two styles of human culture, Partnership Culture based on equality and cooperation and Dominator Culture based on hierarchy and violence. This group is about applying her insights and examining their intersection with new information about our inherent tendencies toward violence.

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Sustainability calls for a New Partnership Culture

To survive the next few centuries we must embrace a new culture compatible with sustainability. Riane Eisler published The Chalice & the Blade in 1987, introducing our Partnership Culture history, the roots of a new possibility to nurture ourselves and our planet. But to replace the current Dominator Culture, which is inherently destructive, we need to apply her insights to today’s world.

The key to this necessary blossoming is authenticity. A cooperative egalitarian way of life makes encourages wholeness and being true to yourself. Everyone is worthy, treated with respect. It’s “I’m OK, You’re OK”. Hierarchy based on violence and coercion is inherently inauthentic. Self esteem is provisional, based on relative rank. It’s “I’m OK, you’re not OK”. Lesser humans and the natural world exist only for the exploitation of those ranked above. In a competitive hierarchical culture to admit limitations is self-destructive. Parts of the self must always be hidden.

Peace, in our contemporary Dominator Culture, is just a honeymoon. Conflict is suppressed and war atrocities become "invisible". But large conflicts between warrior cultures can only be settled by more war. This cycle is built into Dominator Culture because each phase fails to perform all needed functions. It's as if we are always split in half, manifesting part of who we are during this honeymoon peace and the rest of who we are during war.

The most difficult part of authenticity is integrating the most destructive, limiting, aspects of human nature into our self concepts and into culture constructively. Information about our appetitive aggression and our attraction to the most despicable aspects of war, must be accepted and taken into account. Only a culture based on actual human nature will work in the long term. We won't be able to find a cooperative, constructive way to settle our greatest conflicts over diminishing resources as long as we unconsciously depend upon war as a final solution.

For more information on appetitive aggression see An Appetite for Aggression.

Chris Hedges presents a gripping account of the way we all devolve during wars in War is a Force That Gives us Meaning.

Discussion Forum

Face Our Pain to Embrace Our Climate Truth

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 9. 1 Reply

Jeff Turrentine’s article connects feminist consciousness and…Continue

Tags: limits of Dominator Culture, climate destabilization, facing anxiety

Global Kleptocratic Axis

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 14. 0 Replies

Bernie Sanders warns of Steve Bannon's extremist "Movement", part of a new authoritarian Axis uniting anti-democratic, corrupt, intolerant regimes dedicated to the selfish financial interests of…Continue

Tags: systemic corruption, international fascism, global networked corruption, authoritarian axis, soft fascism

Our Dangerous Transition -- Cosmic Adolescence

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3. 1 Reply

Saying Goodbye to Planet EarthChris Hedges on our collective - cosmic -…Continue

Tags: civilization evolution, climate destabilization, cosmic adolescence, Chris Hedges

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2018 at 3:05pm

Thanks, Grinning Cat. Especially for "American conservatism...'s psychology... [is] driven by one urge, and one urge only: primitive social dominance posturing...." So succinct and after-the-fact obvious. Too bad there isn't a medium that diminishes reptile brain control and enhances forebrain activity. Printed books didn't seem to compete, too slow. As if media ecology favored faster "metabolism" than long-winded print.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 24, 2018 at 11:39pm

Some comments on Joe.My.God.'s article "Macy's Parade Features its First Same-Sex Kiss", connecting conservative Christians' outrage over two women kissing to Dominator Culture, and worth repeating here:

Paula: "Why the outrage, haters? Lesbians are such nice people."

"It’s not lesbians. It’s having to think that throws them

Hates like a black and white world

Masculine and feminine

Man and woman

Good and evil

Right and wrong

Gay people upset that balance because men aren’t supposed to get fucked, women aren’t supposed to dominate, and god has a singular plan for us all

It’s why haters are so miserable all the time. If they’re one of those “others” they are taught to loathe themselves"

(((GC))) (who might look familiar):
"...In [Dominator Culture] there's no room for a relationship between equals. No man is supposed to give up any of his "god-given" male privilege; no woman is supposed to acquire any. We're all supposed to fit into straight-and-narrow traditional little boxes of how "real men" and "real women" are supposed to look and act...."

PD (also replying to Todd):
"Don't overthink this shit....

American conservatism...'s psychology... [is] driven by one urge, and one urge only: primitive social dominance posturing....

Rhetoric is always a distant second, used only as a weapon to...posture....

Trump is the personification of primitive social dominance posturing. It's literally all he does.

No wonder conservatives have crowned him their Idiot God King."

(Ellipses, bracketed bits, and bolding mine.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 18, 2016 at 2:55pm

There's a new and improved introduction to Dominator Culture, Partnership Culture, and shifting our lives and societies towards partnership:

Success and Survival in the post-industrial world requires an accelerated shift towards partnership. [Warrior wielding a spear, on a horse] 'Power over' and control [arrow, 'cultural transformation'] [spherical interconnected network] 'Empowerment and care'The page includes plenty of charts, links to further reading, and book recommendations, as well as clear prose:

Discover a new way of looking at who you now are and break free of limiting assumptions and stressful habits.

Each one of us can contribute to the partnership movement. We can change by example, education, and advocacy. We can shift our relations from domination to partnership -- starting with our day-to-day relations all the way to how we relate to our mother earth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2015 at 7:16pm

comment by Joan elsewhere on this site is very much worth repeating here:

Do you have memories of a father or preacher or judge speaking with a voice of Moses spewing out some ridiculous statement? [...] Well, if they can speak with the voice and authority of Moses, I can speak with the voice and authority of Mother Earth. She outranks Moses by a whole shot!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2015 at 3:00pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 21, 2014 at 11:54pm

Worth a pointer in this group:

Ruth posting about James Lovelock's view of climate destabilization, and such crisis supposedly being a "holiday" of opportunity, like war -- this exposes a core sickness, as explained in Chris Hedges' War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. In Ruth's words:

Only the psychopaths loved World War II, loved the things they could do in that arena. It wasn't one long holiday for anyone else. [...]

In my opinion this selective pressure of war and disaster is why humanity is saddled with such so many psychopaths. [...] 

While they make successful CEOs, corporations under their control are literally threatening the survival of humanity. [...]

The kind of purpose Lovelock thinks we want is brutally exposed by Hedges as humanity at our most debased, incapable of love and exhilarated by killing sprees.

(Read the whole post!)

(Image: detail from "iNsAnE 4 U" by Sweethearted Sadist at deviantART)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 11:51pm

I was trying to represent the violence in the spam; that subject line felt like a particular attack. Your image is much more effective for "stop this onslaught!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 11, 2013 at 11:19pm

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Grinning Cat, about the revolting spam. But you unthinkingly selected a Dominator image to represent "stop". The red fist aimed at the viewer counters the values in your text. A flat open hand would be less threatening.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 11:49am

Checking through my spam folder yesterday, I found a horrible symptom of Dominator Culture in one subject line:

"Attack her till she cums"


I'll take sex as an egalitarian pleasuring party instead, thankyouverymuch!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2013 at 2:03pm

Reading about 23 words that existed 15,000 years ago, it was good to see "to give" as one of these words with a common origin across a majority of Eurasian language families!

I was really delighted to see ‘to give’ there,” [lead author Mark] Pagel said. “Human society is characterized by a degree of cooperation and reciprocity that you simply don’t see in any other animal. Verbs tend to change fairly quickly, but that one hasn’t.”

"Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’", The Washington Post, May 6, 2013


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