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Why The Feminine Is Sacred
Oprah Winfrey is the poster child for the sacred feminine. She is not only one of the world's most admired and respected women but is the perfect example of the way both sides of the brain are capable of working together in a balance between the rational and the emotional, the logical and the creative. That ability is the essence of the sacred feminine.
Winfrey personifies female capabilities through her ability to communicate, inspire and lead from experience, knowledge and love. In a confrontation that will never be forgotten, Oprah once took her famous television show to a town in West Virginia seized by fear of AIDS. The lone man who suffered from AIDS was a social outcast living amidst a God-fearing town gripped by hostility and terror. Getting right to the point, Oprah asked the forbidden1 question in the American religious culture: "Where's all that Christian love and understanding?"
Oprah Winfrey's life is symbolic of a capacity to adapt and to rise above an environment of race, gender and class distinctions. An astute business sense and a passion for helping people have contributed to her business and career success but there is more to it than that. The feminine traits of verbal agility and the ability to make connections with other people underscore her accomplishments. Her greatest contribution to womanhood may be the way she has shattered the glass ceiling of achievement. The shards from that glass ceiling can be found littering the cultural landscape as permanent reminders that a woman is able, competent, qualified and, above all, valued as a woman with the innate feminine gifts of compassion and understanding. Throughout historywomen have thrived as second-class citizens in a male-dominated world because they do exactly what dandelions do---they adapt to their environment. Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain, says there is a biological reason why women have been able to adapt to a man's world because "women's brains are wired to be good at changing." There is no unisex brain, according to Brizendine, and by standardizing a male norm the female brain's "powerful sex-specific strengths and talents" have been undervalued. Minimizing female intelligence is simply a control technique promoting the idea of "guardianship" for those perceived as unable to take care of themselves. In the 19th century, scientists actually believed the larger male brain meant women had less mental capacity. There are proven scientific differences in the brains of the two sexes, yet those
variations do not mean one is better than the other. We know now that girls are more mature at birth and develop one to two years faster than boys, as Martin Luther recognized when he called girls "weeds." Considering that the fetal brain is female until eight weeks, according to modern science, and represents "nature's default gender setting," it would be strange indeed if nature intended the female brain to be weaker than the male.