Wednesday, 8 February 2012

What's in a Name?

Anyone who has made even a cursory reading of these blog pages will understand that it is my belief that Women are the superior sex. There are of course many who do not agree with that opinion - and often voice their view in the comments here - but I am not about to argue the case for Female Superiority in this post, that case has been made to my satisfaction elsewhere. Instead I want to turn my attention to what to call myself.

Personally I am happy to call myself a Female Supremacist. After all, I believe that Women are superior to men and that men should devote themselves to the service of their superiors. I believe that Women should have de jure as well as de facto authority over men in our society, so for me at least the term Female Supremacy covers things pretty well.

However, the term "supremacy" has some unpleasant connotations in some people's minds, conjuring up images of lynchings by white supremacists and genocide by Hitler and countless other dictators. Although I don't think that this should devalue what is in my opinion an accurate description of my belief - Female Supremacy - I recognise that some people are uncomfortable with the term.

So what else could I call myself? Well I quite like the term "Matriarchy". We have, after all, liven for many decades in a patriarchal society so the term Matriarchal Society is easily understood by all and is far less threatening. What does that make me? As someone who seeks to promote a Matriarchal Society am I a Matriarchalist? or a Matriarchist? Technically the noun is "Matriarch" but I cannot really describe myself as a Matriarch!

Am I a Feminist? Well that term may well be technically accurate, but even the term Radical Feminist is usually used to describe one who seeks to bring women towards equality with men (but perhaps by the use of radical means), not superiority over them.

The best term for me - grammatically at least - is Gynarchy. The term is defined as "government or rule by Women" and I can describe myself as a Gynarchist. There are many other useful derivatives of the word - Gynocracy, Gynocentric and Gynarchic which all accurately describe my ideal world or my place in it. The problem with this term is that there is a part of the Gynarchist movement that espouses the view that all men should be castrated and feminised in order to serve their Female superiors. This is not a view I agree with (and not just because I want to hold on to my balls!) because I believe that we should rejoice in the differences between men and Women, accepting the fact that Women are the superior of the two and that we can use our masculine characteristics in the service of our superiors - not try to pretend that we are Women. But that's just my view.

If we can just agree to stick to the dictionary definition of Gynarchy then I am proud to call myself a Gynarchist!

Please let me know how Y/you think of Y/yourselves...

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Towards a Female Led Society - Part Four (Going Public)

I have been saying for some time now that in order to advance the the cause of Female Supremacy we need to show more women the benefits of a Female Led lifestyle. If more women arrive at this decision for themselves (rather than being, perhaps unwillingly, introduced to it by their husband or boyfriend) then I think we are more likely to achieve some sort of momentum towards the change we want to see.
I have often said that we need some sort of sympathetic coverage in mainstream Ladies' magazines such as Cosmo or Company but it hasn't yet (as far as I know) happened. I decided to write something myself as an example of the sort of thing I mean. Naturally this piece absolutely could not be used. Among its (undoubtedly many) faults there are two main ones that make it totally unsuitable; 1) It is a work of complete fiction; and 2) it is written by a man - me. For this to be a success it must, I suggest, be written by a real woman, from a woman's perspective, and it must be real.
I throw it out here as a suggestion. Anyone got any contacts in the publishing industry? Any freelance journalists out there?

Feel free to comment or make suggestions.


Have Your Cake and Eat it

by Stephanie Taillo

Most of us are too young to remember the 1950's, but we all have an impression of that simpler time. Just mentioning the decade conjures up an idyllic image of the hard working husband returning home to his doting wife. The house is spotless, dinner is on the table and she rushes around him to take care of his every need. He takes care of the decisions and she just needs to make sure they happen. She has no money of her own, but manages a budget to ensure the smooth running of the house with the housekeeping money given to her by her husband.
Well perhaps not so idyllic for the little lady. And besides, we like our jobs now. We like the money and the independence. We like the fact that we can have a career. we like the fact that people listen to what we say now. We like to call the shots. The problem is that we still have to do all the other stuff too. Oh sure, we have labour saving devices like washing machines and dishwashers and we have convenience food and takeaways, but somehow life still seems, well... hard work...
The good news ladies, is that we can have our cake and eat it too. We can have the big job and the responsibility. We can call the shots - as a growing number of women are discovering - at home as well as at work. Many women have discovered that there is a growing army of men who are willing to support their wives or girlfriends in their career, not just doing (finally!) their fair share of the chores, but doing all the housework and allowing their wives to make all the decisions. What do they get out of this? Well it seems they just want to make us happy! Some men have always put women on a pedestal. It seems that now they are prepared to clean around it too!
To find out more I spoke to a couple who live just this sort of life. Susan and Steven Rennie (not their real names) have been together for eight years and married for five of those years. I spoke to them at their smart (and clean!) London flat. Steven ushered me in and very politely took my coat and bag. He is a tall, slim, rather good looking man, dressed in chinos and a smart shirt. He seemed charming and relaxed. Susan was in the living room. She had come straight from work and was still in the customary uniform of the successful woman executive - a charcoal grey business suit with black stockings and black pumps. She was strikingly attractive and not what I had expected. She has dark hair, dancing eyes, and a winning smile. When She spoke she had just a trace of an educated Scottish accent. I felt immediately at home. Steve asked me what I would like to drink and within seconds it seemed, returned with my requested gin and tonic, perfect with ice and a slice of fresh lemon, together with a glass of wine which Susan did not request but which he seemed to know she would want, on a silver tray. He did not have one for himself. I was not expecting what happened next. "Thank you Steve" said Susan, "You may have a glass of orange juice if you wish." Steve thanked her and went off to the kitchen. Susan smiled at me and merely said "It's his little treat. I normally only allow him water." I was, unusually for me, struck silent. Susan filled the gap with a question. "Would you like Steve with us for the interview or would you prefer to talk to me alone?" I stammered that I would like to talk to them together and, as Steve sat down with his drink of juice, we started the interview.
Stephanie: Susan, how would you describe your relationship?
Susan: Well I believe the term which best describes the nature of our relationship is what's now known as a "Female Led Relationship". There's nothing sinister or odd about it. It's just that Steve and I had come to realise that I was rather better at making decisions and deciding how things should be run, and he was happy for me to take that role.
Stephanie: How did this come about?
Susan: We had been together for about two years and, I suppose, living together for about a year. We were both working hard at the start of our careers. We met, incidentally, when we were working for the same City consulting firm; but soon afterwards I left to join the Law Firm that I now work for. My career really started to take off and I was so busy at work I asked, or rather told, Steve that he should take on more of the chores at home. I remember being surprised when he not only said he would - without argument - but actually told me not to worry, that he would take care of the chores - all of them - and that he would enjoy doing them for me. At first I was a bit suspicious. I thought it was some sort of trick! But I was just too tired to worry about it. He really did it too. He went from being a "feet up on the sofa watching football while I did all the housework" kind of guy to a "let me do that for you" kind of guy almost overnight. Pretty soon I just accepted it. In fact on occasion when I would try to do some laundry or something Steve would take it off me and make me sit down whilst he took care of it. I was bemused but happy and in fact it didn't take long before I started to expect it. I would find myself asking him why the floor hadn't been washed or some such.
It was also around that time that I got a promotion at work. I found myself in quite a senior position as a young woman in a thrusting law firm. I confessed one night to Steve that I got quite a kick out of telling older men what to do and the fact that I really enjoyed the authority. Steve surprised me once again when he said "How would you like that at home too?"
Stephanie: What was your reaction?
Susan: Well I was flabbergasted. Especially when he explained what he meant. At fist I though he meant all sort of kinky stuff. I was horrified. I mean I know what a dominatrix is, in fact I even dressed as one once when I went to a fancy dress party whilst I was at college, but that wasn't what I was into. Fortunately Steve was at pains to point out that it wasn't what he wanted either and told me about the term "Female Led Relationship". Now you need to remember that the Internet wasn't as advanced back then, but nevertheless I started to google a bit. Again I was lucky. I know that there is a lot of male focussed fantasy stuff out there, but one of the first sites I came across was the "She Makes the Rules" forum. It's run by women and it's very friendly. There's almost no weird kinky stuff there and the other women helped me to understand why my man had come to me and asked me to take authority over him. It saved my life really. I can't put it any stronger than that. It really is a very valuable resource for women just starting out in a FLR. I got myself verified as a "real woman" and that allowed me access to the secret women only forum where the other girls were so helpful. It helped me come on so much that I am now a moderator for SMTR and I am now helping other women myself.
Stephanie: What did you learn?
Susan: Well I think the main thing is that no-one can tell you how to "do it right". There is no "right" way to run a Female Led Relationship, it's the way the works for you is the right way, and the only way. On many sites, all too often the men are saying "Oh you must do xyz to him" or "You're not a proper domme unless you do abc." Well that's plainly nonsense. If our relationship is to be led by me, it means I'm in charge and I'll do what I want to do, what suits me, and what is best for OUR relationship.
Stephanie: So once you'd had time to think about it?
Susan: I suppose I had always been a bit bossy, even as girl, so once the initial shock had passed and once I had had time to absorb what it really meant I began to think that there could be something in this for me. I actually came to enjoy the concept of being in charge completely.
Stephanie: How did it work out in the early days?
Susan: Well it wasn't always easy. We are a pretty normal couple. Both strong willed and intelligent, both with experience and points of view, but gradually we adapted to our new roles. I found out how best to use Steve's skills and abilities to our mutual advantage and he learned to trust my judgement.
Stephanie: Were there any "aha!" moments?
Susan: Oh lots! I can remember one time when I wanted to watch a drama on TV. Steve had settled in to watch some football match or other..
Steven: It wasn't just any old match! It was an England World Cup qualifier!
Susan: Yes well to me it was a silly old game of football. Anyway, in those days we only had one TV and I thought I was in for a battle. Truth be told I would have given in and let him watch the match because I really couldn't face the argument; but I just said to him "I want to watch my programme. There's laundry that needs doing. Go and do that..." When Steve got up without a word an handed me the remote control, that's when a lightbulb went on in my head.
Stephanie: How did things develop from there?
Susan: We settled into our roles I guess. Our home became a very happy place. No stress, no conflict. Things got done. We became closer. About a year or so later we got married.
Stephanie: What was that like?
Susan: Oh it was a really conventional wedding. Typical girly fantasy - big white dress all the trimmings.
Steven: Not totally conventional...
Susan: Well it's true we had a female vicar, but that's no so unusual these days.
Steven: It was then. And what about the vows?
Susan giggled.
Susan: Oh yes! We had the old fashioned traditional vows.
Steven raised his eyebrow meaningfully.
Susan: Well they were! (She smacked him playfully on the thigh. She blushed a little) It's just that we reversed a few of them... Steven promised to "Love, honour and obey" me!
Stephanie: What was the reaction to that?
Steven: Well I guess the very few close friends who knew the truth were not surprised, most of the rest probably didn't even notice, and those that did probably just though the vicar made a mistake.
Stephanie: You went a bit further than that though didn't you?
Steven: You're referring to our name? (I nodded). Well yes. That was more difficult than I expected. I agreed to take Sue's name rather than the other way around. When a wife takes her husband's name there are a whole raft of things in place to make that happen quite easily. When I wanted to take Sue's name there was a whole load of red-tape, but basically it boiled down to changing my name by Deed Poll.
Stephanie: But how did that go down with your friends and family?
Steven: Well I have to admit I chickened out a bit on that one. I should have said that Sue was the Head of the Household and I was proud to take her name, but in reality I just said that she was an only child, which is true, and the last of a long line of Rennies, which is true, and that we didn't want the name to die out, which was a cop-out but was probably necessary to avoid embarrassment to some of the older members of my family. Most people have just got used to it now and probably don't even remember the time before.
Stephanie: So Sue, what does being in a FLR mean in practical terms?
Susan: Well in practical terms it means that when I get up early for that important meeting I know that I am going to have clean knickers, I know that my blouse and skirt will be ironed. I just don't have to worry about those little things. They are only little things, but they can become very big things when they go wrong. It also means that life is just more efficient. In the past, I would usually get my way on a decision (whether it was big or small) but we would usually - at best - debate and - at worst - argue round and round until eventually Steve came to agree with me. Now that whole process is short-circuited. I will ask Steve for his opinion (which can be valuable given his experience and expertise), take it into account and then inform him of my decision. Much quicker.
Stephanie: Steve, what's in it for you?
Steven: Well I love Sue very much. I love to see her so happy and so successful in her career and it gives me great pride to be a support to her.
Stephanie: And do you really do ALL the housework?
Steven: Yes. Although Sue enjoys cooking so she does that sometimes. Naturally I always clear up. It was hard at first, but now it seems second nature to me. I would feel mortified if I saw Sue doing any cleaning or laundry or ironing. It just wouldn't be right. It's sometimes hard for her too. Occasionally she works from home and I am not usually at home during the day. I have had to insist that she does not clear up after herself as she often put things in the dishwasher herself. She shouldn't have to do that. Now I take a real pride in the fact that her house is clean, that she can be comfortable here, bring friends back without fear of embarrassment.
Besides, I really don't know where the tradition of women doing housework arose. After all, men are generally stronger, so if there's any scrubbing or elbow-grease required then surely it is better for a man to do it than a woman? Also we are more logical. I used to despair when I saw Sue vacuuming. She would be all over the place, miss bits, do some bits three times, and generally take twice a long as I do...
Stephanie: OK, I have to ask this. What your sex life like?
Susan laughed, but blushed slightly.
Susan: Well I think it's quite normal really.
Stephanie: No difference between now and the time before you discovered Female Led Relationships?
Susan: Not really. We have an active and healthy love life. I guess it's true that Steve is more attentive to my needs now. Steve will say himself that he's not happy unless he thinks he's satisfied me first, and it's true that that's the focus of our our lovemaking these days.
Stephanie: OK. Final question. Sue, are you happy in this role? Would you go back to how it was before?
Susan: Oh gosh no I would never go back having tasted just how good being in charge can be, and yes, I'm very happy - We're very happy...
Stephanie: Steve?
Steven: The fact that Sue is happy is what makes me happy!


That seemed like a good place to end the interview. In actual fact, since that interview took place I have meet Sue and Steve on many occasions, socially and formally, and even stayed with them more than once, and we have become good friends. I can report without fear of contradiction that they are a happy and well adjusted couple. They have a wide circle of friends and get on well with everybody. Sue seems to be very happy to be in charge and Steve seems very happy to accept her authority. I have never heard them argue, and often it would only take a raised eyebrow from Sue to get Steve to see things her way. In many ways they are a model for the future. The 1950's with a 2010 twist. So ladies... You can have your cake and eat it too! Sign in to shemakestherules.com and find yourself your own Steve and enjoy!

Stephanie

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Towards a Female Led Society - Part Three (More marketing of FLR)

I have long thought that one of the greatest barriers to Female Supremacy is the number of women themselves who see a Matriarchal society as a realistic proposition.

It is a sad irony that there are more male Female Supremacists than there are women who believe in their superiority. Whilst I would dearly like to live in a wholly Matriarchal society, I don't believe it will happen in my lifetime (I'm 49). As I see it there are several barriers to be overcome (not least of which will be the entrenched patriarchal interests and the far less enlightened attitudes in the developing world). Putting those rather large problems to one side for a moment, there are two other factors I would like to focus on:

1) Persuading more women of their superiority and of the fact that it is their right to rule; and
2) Convincing them that once they understand this that there will be a large number of willing men who will support and serve them in this belief.

Given that a Matriarchal world will not happen overnight no matter how much we might want it to, I think we need to take baby steps. I am massively encouraged by the growth and acceptance of FLR (Female Led Relationships). The great thing about FLR as opposed to the Mistress/slave paradigm is that it is far more Female friendly and therefore more accessible to women who would be put off by the "kinky" or "whips and chains" aspects of Femdom which is after all mainly a male fantasy construct. The benefit of FLR is that it is very much Female centred and puts the wants and needs of the woman first, but in a basic everyday setting. This is far more attractive to women.
FLR is also far less threatening to the patriarchy. We are not shouting in their face that women are superior to men (even though they are), we are merely saying that some people like to live their lives with the woman in charge. Women too can see that even in the vanilla world, it is the woman who typically makes the decisions in a household - this is merely formalising that relationship.

FLR is not yet fully accepted. I do however believe that one day I WILL live to see the day where I can quite openly say "Yes, I live in a relationship in which my wife is the head of the household" and the person I am talking to will say "Oh yes - my next door neighbours are in an FLR too".

Promoting FLR goes some way to addressing the two points above. Instead of trying to convince women of their superiority, we only need to say "It's quite normal for you to be in charge in your relationship"; and the fact that there are many men willing to adopt this lifestyle will be self-evident.
Once we start to achieve critical mass, with a significant proportion of relationships being Female Led, then - and I suggest - only then, can we start to move towards a Female Supremacist paradigm.

How we achieve the first step - widening acceptance of FLR - has to be the subject of another debate, but as a suggestion I would like to see some sympathetic editorial in mainstream Ladies' magazines (Cosmo and the like) - without any mention of leather, boots or whips - outlining the benefits to a woman of a Female Led Relationship. "No more housework" "You own the remote" "Sex your way" ... and the like... Any freelance journalists reading this?

Thoughts anyone?

p.s.

To illustrate what I mean I have created an example article. I will publish that here as a separate post in a week or so. If you want a sneak preview you can see it here.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Female Led Communities

Well first of all I'd like to apologise to all for being away for so long. I'd also like to thank all those people who sent me public or private messages of support. The truth is I'm just not very good at this blogging lark. I need to feel inspired to write. In order to try to find inspiration I have been cruising the Female Supremacy forums of FetLife and, in case anyone's interested, I have started a thread here.

The main thrust of my thesis is that in order to bring about a Female Superior Society at the "macro" level, we first need to develop awareness and understanding of the benefits (particularly to women) at the relationship or small community (if you like - the "micro") level.

The good news is that Female Led Relationships *are* becoming more widespread, and the rise of excellent sites such as She Makes the Rules and At Her Feet are testament to that. What I would like to focus on in this post however is an initiative to build small communities based upon the Female Superior philosophy. There are not many that I know of currently in existence.

There is Mother Goddess Earth, which is mainly farming focussed but is based upon strong Matriarchal principles and is deserving of our support. Another the ranch run by Dianna Vesta, though this is a largely private affair; and a third is Goddess Manor run by the sublime Lady Femina which is commercial in nature, but definitely Female centric. All of these are worthy Female Led communities.

There is also of course the (sadly now defunct) OWK or Other World Kingdom. I had mixed feelings about the existence of the OWK. It is of course a male fantasy theme park, and with it's focus on male fantasy kink is likely to put off many women just starting to explore their dominance. It was nevertheless based upon a firm Female Superior philosophy and run very much as a "Queendom" and of course, as a man, I could not deny that I would have loved a "holiday / vacation" there.

I would like however to look at a couple of Female Superior communities that are not yet in existence but will, I hope, soon become a reality. The first of these is "Vision Plantation" planned by MizzLeeza. She has concrete plans for a one year trial in a suburban setting in Northern VA, followed by the finding of a rural farmhouse with some land to make Vision Plantation, based strongly on the tenets of Female Superiority,  become reality. This is certainly a project that I would like to see come to fruition and, with a strong lead from MizzLeeza, it looks like it may...

The other project worthy of consideration is Femquility.  I first came across this project some time ago and was impressed then. It is described as "A peaceful EcoVillage / Cohousing Community for those interested in loving Female Led Relationships" with a strap-line of "Honouring Nature and Women".

The really great thing (amongst the many great things) about this project is the fact that it is first and foremost a community, a community built on strong Matriarchal principles and very much focussed on the Female. It makes no concession to male fantasy or kink - which is as it should be.

Femquility is a truly ambitious, but very important, project and is the result of the vision and drive of the remarkable Ms Lisa. It is well thought-out and has a very professional website which I encourage everyone to visit. The plan is for a small community of around 33 homes plus some communal areas where like-minded couples can set up home in entirely Female Ruled community. It would be governed by the "Wise Women Council". The structure of the community is admirable and based on a strong Female Supremacy philosophy. I quote from the website:
"Most community decisions are made by consensus in the Wise Women Council. Every woman in the community is the head of her household and is on the Wise Women Council. Therefore community decisions by the council represent the consensus of all the households. Each gentleman can freely discuss issues with the woman of the household he lives in. But the final decision of each household is up to each woman."

The only problem with this project is that it suffers from a "chicken and egg" difficulty. It does not yet exist. If it did, I suspect there would be many people looking to join it. Unfortunately, until enough people commit to the "vision" it cannot become a reality. This is a shame. I suspect most of us reading this blog would like to live there. As I said to Ms Lisa, if I won the lottery I would be there like a shot. Unfortunately, as a business plan "Step 4 - Win the Lottery" does not usually work with bank managers...

Nevertheless I encourage everyone reading this to support this excellent project. Visit the website, join the Yahoo Group. Ms Lisa is in particular looking for more like-minded Women to join and help drive the project, but anyone can get involved. Spread the word. If you have website or blog put details of Femquility on it (check with Ms Lisa first); if you have suggestions for a location or know of some available land please let Ms Lisa know; put your name in the database in the database on the Yahoo group (afemdomecovillage) and just generally try to help. There could be a meeting to discuss the next steps sometime in 2011.

As these sorts of Female Led communities develop, grow and become common we are moving, one step at a time, towards our goal.

If anyone knows of any other active or planned community based on Female Supremacy principles please do let me know...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

My Blog is Not Dead

Hello to all,

Several people have now enquired as to whether or not I am still actively maintaining this blog. The answer is that I am indeed - and I am hearing you loud and clear. I am afraid however that I am very busy at the moment (in fact I'm out of the country at the moment writing this on a public hotel computer - no wireless here!). Also - as I mentioned to the redoubtable Ms Saharah Eve - I need to feel inspired to write. I am in awe of those bloggers who can write every day. If I tried that, you would all have to hear what I had for breakfast!

I will answer some of the recent posts and perhaps come up with a new entry soon I hope. Thank you for reading.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Towards a Female Led Society - Part Two (The marketing of FLR)

In my last article I asked how we could progress to a Female-led society. I have no real answers, but some suggestions and, I'm afraid, yet more questions.

One of the correspondents (Bob) to this site (and, by the way, I am always grateful for feedback, opinions, suggestions and support!) made the very perceptive comment that in fact many more households are female-led than perhaps we think; with wives making decisions, controlling the finances and sharing the services of their menfolk (read his comments here, and here). Whilst this is undoubtedly true, were you to question either member of such a marriage if they consider themselves to be living in a female-led relationship or in a female supremacist marriage I suspect that either party, male or female, would probably laugh and deny it. They make make some joke, intended to be ironic, about “she's the boss” or some such – but it would be intended to convey humour.

So why would such couples deny the reality of the situation? Why not acknowledge the fact that the wife is the head of the household? Other than societal conditioning and patriarchal peer pressure, once again I have no real answer.

Another question. Given the unquestioned rise of women in western society, and given the communication revolution that has been wrought by the Internet, why is is still the case that there are more men seeking a female-led relationship than there are women? It is often said that there are around 10 submissive men for every dominant woman. I have no empirical evidence to support that number, but as I write today the (albeit very unscientific) poll on this blog has around 11:1 men:women responses. Now this is perhaps unsurprising in a blog of this nature – I'm pleasantly surprised that any women at all would read this – but few sites, even the redoubtable “She Makes the Rules” site, have a much better ratio.

On the face of it this disparity seems strange. Women the world over complain that their men don't do enough around the house, that they are not valued, and that men don't do as they are told; and yet there are thousands of men who want to live in the service of their wives. What woman would not want to to live in a household where her word was law, where housework – all housework – was a man's job, and where she is worshipped as a Goddess or treated as a queen? The answer to this question is complex. In part it is because few women have been brought up to expect this position, and in part it is because women can function in an environment based upon equality, in a way that men cannot, and often strive for equality in a relationship when actually they would be better to assert their natural superiority.

I need to explain that statement. Both William Bond (a prolific writer and Female Supremacist) and Ms Blanche Black (an intelligent and thoughtful proponent of Matriarchy) make much the same points; they argue that
“[women] are far better communicators and can discuss among themselves what needs to be done, with far less conflict and so can work together without a leader”,1
and so strive for equality. Men on the other hand are essentially competitive pack animals who look to become the pack leader, but who will show obedience to recognised authority such as with military hierarchies or sports coaches. As Ms Black says:
...the men of our culture publicly show reverence and submission all the time. They show reverence for and unquestioning submission to rituals of national unity, fraternal rights of passage, military superiors, and athletic coaches. They show emotional abandon and devotion towards sports teams, sports cars, and successful male role models. In plain sight, men who our society recognizes as masculine are submissive with certain people, and in certain contexts. They know that public submission and deference to others doesn't make them weak-willed, because society recognizes the ability of men to be submissive in certain relationships while remaining competitive and assertive in others. As long as their submission is aimed at men and male traditional values, no one has a problem with it.2

It can be said therefore that men need authority and discipline, women on the other hand are more capable of seeing the bigger picture and are able to function in a consensus-driven environment.

What we need to do therefore is to demonstrate to women that men function better when given structure and clear leadership and that women, given their greater powers of perception and clear thinking, are better suited to providing that leadership. If it is clear to a man who is the leader of the pack he will follow that leader without question. It should be clear from this therefore that women should co-operate with one-another, but should take the leadership role with men. Aiming for equality will not work. Men respect leaders, and are happier when it is clear who that is.

So how can we persuade more women of the undoubted benefits of a FLR? I think that part of the problem lies in the image of female domination. Most women, I suspect, are aware of the fantasy figure of the leather-clad, thigh-booted, whip-wielding dominatrix and most regard it as frankly ridiculous. It is of course a male fantasy. Some women might happily embrace the image as a bit of fun or as a temporary game to spice up a saucy night of passion (usually to please their partner), but few would consider it as a realistic proposition as a lifestyle. And herein lies the problem; we need a better marketing department. We need to get the message out that FLR is not the same thing as pandering to a slightly ridiculous sexual fantasy, it is a framework for a happy and successful relationship which benefits both partners.

There are positive signs. Amongst the wealth of fantasy sites, there are more and more now which are focussed not on fetish and kink, but on the woman's wants and needs. The redoubtable She Makes the Rules site is a leader in this field, but there are many more. To find them however, you need to be looking. Few women, I suspect, go looking on the internet for Female-Led resources unless they have been prompted to do so (usually by a husband or boyfriend). What we need is some mainstream publicity. One idea that I would like to see might be an article in a leading women's magazine like Cosmopolitan or Company with a sympathetic author prepared to point out the myriad benefits to both male and female of a female-led relationship without any sniggering innuendo. That, together with a realistic landing pad (such as the SMTR site) where prospective women leaders would not be put off by leery fantasists could provide the catalyst to far more women embracing the lifestyle themselves or appreciating and encouraging it in others. That is only one suggestion. But there are still problems...Who could write such an article? (It would have to be written by a woman, from a woman's point of view) and how could we get it published in such a mainstream publication? Anyone know any journalists / publishers? Any other ideas? Do please add your comments.

1 William Bond Why Men Are The Submissive Sex

2 Ms Blanche Black Chivalry is Not Dead

By the way - do please read other posts by the above authors.
Ms Blanche Black
William Bond

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Towards a Female Led Society?


If you click on links, you can hop from blog to blog, website to website and forum to forum and it is entirely possible to immerse oneself in totally Female Led world. Indeed, even avoiding the more lurid whip-cracking, thigh-booted pro-dominatrix sites (not that I have anything against them) one can find a wealth of well-written intelligent and thoughtful accounts of good people living a Female Led lifestyle; descriptions of marriages and relationships where the woman is the undisputed head of the household; tales of female authority and male obedience and numerous articles proposing the benefits of Female Supremacy. These are almost universally positive and laud the advantages, for both male and female, of a Female Led Relationship (FLR) or Female Led Society. Having spend a happy afternoon in this pursuit, you could be forgiven therefore for thinking that we are truly on our way towards a world ruled by women.

One only has to step outside one's front door however, to discover that we are not there yet...

Downtrodden and put-upon women are everywhere, women and girls are to be found mooning over unsuitable and inconsiderate men, and chauvinism is still alive and tolerated, if no longer actively condoned.

I would like to live in a Female Led world. Do I think I will ever see that day come? Not in my lifetime (I am in my late forties). Where do I think we are now and what sort of world would I like to see? Let me address the second part of that question first. I think that there are two models of society that are relevant here: the first is what might be termed the pre-Victorian era where women were not allowed to vote, not allowed to own property, were considered to be an adjunct to (or in some cases the property of) her husband who was assumed to be the unquestioned head of the household. This to me, with the roles reversed naturally, would be the ideal goal. I can't see this society coming about in any realistic time-frame however - if ever. The second model of society is what is sometimes referred to as the "1950s Household". My previous post (A Perfect World) typifies this. In this society the woman had her own life, but was seen very much in a supporting role to her husband who was of course the authority in the household. This type of society would, I believe, provide a very acceptable lifestyle to those of us in this community - again, naturally providing it is the wife in authority and the husband in the supporting role.

How close are we to this? Well, given what I said above about the difference between desire and reality, still not very close. If I said to a neighbour that I lived in an FLR I doubt that he or she would know what I meant. Even if they did, they might consider it at best a bit strange, and at worst perverted. I think that we as a community are where the gay community were in the early 60s. Homosexuality is now no longer illegal (I'm referring to the UK here), but few gay couples would openly declare their relationship for fear of ridicule, discrimination, persecution or worse. Now, some 4 decades on, whilst some gays still reside in the closet, most of us know of at least one gay couple living openly and happily as such. There are of course a few intolerant dissenters, but most people would take a "live and let live" attitude even if not entirely comfortable with homosexuality themselves. I would like to be able to say to someone "I live in a Female Led Relationship where my wife is the authority in the household" and for him or her to say something like "Oh yes, there's another couple in my street who live like that - nice people...."

Perhaps that's something I might see in my lifetime...

How to get there? That's the subject of another post.