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Namaskar. Hope these answers are adequate. It was the best I could do with the i
ncomplete references I have on hand. Look forward to seeing the edited version o
f the article, and also the book when it is done. Didi A. Gaorii@b
1.p.23 - 26 chapter on Biological sex and sociological gender from THINKING ABOU
T WOMEN by (or ed. by ??) M.L. ANDERSON (Library ref. no.305.420973)@b
2. AWAKENING OF WOMEN Part 2 Section 3-1p.207 (Samskara and Gender Differences f
rom "Form and Formless")@b
3. This reference came from a photocopied article which Subodh sent me entitled
Theories of women's liberation. p. 450 which quotes, as per its footnote, from "
Politics of the Ego: A Manifesto for N.Y. Radical Feminists," in Anne Koedt, Ell
en Levine, and Anita Rapone, eds., Radical Feminism (New York: Quadrangle, 1973)
, p379. It does not give the name of the author of the essay.@b
4. This seems to be the most difficult point to answer directly. BABA says how h
istory (in other words, events) is the result of collective psychology. He also
makes references to changes in the position of women in society occuring as a r
esult of/or concurrently with changes in the collective psychology in "Human His
tory and Collective Psychology" (p.123 - "...History is made by collective psych
ology....among the common people a new awakening will come, a keen intellect and
wisdom will emerge, and a new pattern of history will be the result. In fact, a
new pattern of hisotry has already started to emerge, and in the future this de
velopment will undergo further change." ) and "Equal Rights for Men and Women"
(p.last para. p 121) from the Part 1, Section 3, THE AWAKENING OF WOMEN. He also
makes references to how collective psychology determines historical events in h
is definition 'collective psychology' which is found in the ZYIndex reference un
der Questions and Answers 4- "16) Question: Human history is the history of coll
ective psychology. How can we define collective psychology? Answer: The average
psychic momentum derived from the unit psychic momentum is the momentum of the c
ollective psychology, whose manifestations are the new events on the pages of hi
story." @b
5. Point one I have paraphrased.@b
Point two is the first sentence of his point two.@b
His point three I have omitted. @b
My point three, as per quotation marks, is a quote from his point four.@b
My point four is the first sentence from his point five, so it should say "(Four
thly)..." in my article, instead of "Fifthly...."@b
And my final point is his are two sentences from his final point and should read
"Finally, strength differences no longer have the same social, political and e
conomic significance as they previously did....The future belongs to those with
intellect rather than physical strength, and intellect is not the preserve of on
e sex of the other."@b
I guess it would be better if it read like this:@b
Firstly that the expansion drive of patriarchy, which has taken its toll on the
finite resources of planet earth, is being challenged by the emergence of ecolog
y and other caring philosophies. These are the expressions of a new kind of soci
al psychology in which the principle of harmony (not expansion or gain) is all i
mportant. This resonates more easily with female collective psychology. "Secondl
y, due to the neglect of its internal harmony, patriarchal society is beset by a
nti-social and destructive forces...(Thirdly), the exploitation of women is beco
ming more blatant, as in the spread of pornography. The inability or lack of des
ire on the part of politicians, police and the media to take a sympathetic and e
ffective stand is obvious. These factors heighten the determination of women to
fight back. More women are joining the burgeoning protest movements that challen

ge the status quo. From these movements come future leaders.(Fifthly), there is
a revival of women's culture, literature etc... Finally, strength differences no
longer have the same social, political and economic significance as they previo
usly did... The future belongs to those with intellect rather than physical stre
ngth, and intellect is not the preserve of one sex or the other." (p. 171-2)@b
6.The rest of that section with the quotations from Towsey should read like this
Towsey also mentions another factor which will bring about changes in the collec
tive psychology and affect the gender dialectic. "The gender dialectic has an in
ternal tendency to arrive at an equilibrium ... the polarization of the dialecti
c will gradually become less and the male and female collective psychologies wil
l gradually converge. This in turn implies that the differences between individu
al male and female psychologies will diminish. There is some hint of this in (Th
e Awakening of Women Part 3, Section 1, page 267) where Sarkar implies that adva
nces in reproductive technology will make sexual reproduction obsolete, and the
reproductive capacity of the human body will become extinct. Such changes in phy
sical structure would certainly have their psychological parallel. In this situa
tion both social consciousness and social structures (family, education, welfare
structures) will be quite different from anything we understand today." (The Et
ernal Dance of Macrocosm p. 173)@b
In Sarkar's eyes, social transformation, however, will not be complete without t
he universal spiritual element being accepted by human beings as the basis of a
ll life. @b
Regarding the nature of future society, Sarkar poses co-ordinated co-operation a
s the social ideal for relations between the sexes. @b
"Are women like cattle, or sacks of cloth that people give as gifts at the time
of marriage? Are they slaves to be sold to others? As long as women lacked coura
ge or intellect, they tolerated these things -- but what a great humiliation! To
submit them to such indignities is far worse than to whip them publicly on the
road. Are women simply like bundles of cloth to be sent to the washerman's house
? Women must not be suppressed, and there should not be domination of males in t
he society. Society should have a cooperative leadership, not a subordinated lea
dership; there should be a coordinated, cooperative leadership, leadership betwe
en males and females." 2 January 1986, Calcutta @b
from "Renaissance in All the Strata of Life" A Few Problems Solved Part 7 @b
-- The Awakening of Women p.138@b
Here again Towsey makes some insightful comments. "In terms of social structures
and institutions, co-ordinated co-operation between the sexes means that there
must be three kinds of 'spaces' in society. For the proper expression of both ge
nder psychologies a future healthy society will require both 'women only space'
and 'men only space'. These will be necessary so that both poles of the dialecti
c can develop their respective visions for society with clarity and self-confide
nce. However, the highest flowering of human potential will be achieved in the
third 'space' where the female and male visions meet. This third space is that o
f co-ordinated co-operation. It is in this space that the differences between th
e sexes acquire a meaning and purpose beyond the merely biological. It is in thi
s space that all the human virtues clash and cohere to produce a universal human
society. It is in this space that society advances with greatest speed towards
its ideal of social equality and collective welfare." (p175-176)@b
7. The definition of "an operation... etc" is taken from Proutist Economics unde
r the major heading of Cooperatives and a sub-heading of Coordinated co-operatio

n(as per the reference given in the ZyIndex listing of BABA's books). I don't ha
v a copy of PE with me so I cannot look up the exact chapter, page number, etc.@
8. The quotation starting "In every field of social life...." is the paragraph f
ollowing the above definition from the same section with the major heading of Co
operatives in Proutist Economics.