When people see how feminism has been changing culture, they then naturally try to envision the future; how will things develop. But never do I hear of future projections that take into account the wild card of technological change.
Society follows upon opportunity, and opportunity follows upon technology.
Agrarian technology ushered in dramatic social changes. The industrial revolution ushered in more. The pill and the service economy ushered in more. The internet more still.
If we could forecast that there will not be any more major socially disrupting new technologies, then we can try to peer into our horizons. But I don’t see that as likely at all.
We are going to start to see some very major technological shifts that will dramatically change culture, in ways far more profound than feminism ever has.
Genetic engineering of ourselves and offspring, surgical remolding as well as biological grafts, computer implants, and yes, even the borg.
If you are looking 60 years into the future and not even thinking about technology then you are thinking that history is cyclical.
Technology is not cyclical.
History is not cyclical.
Social changes are not cyclical.
I’m old enough to have lived pre internet and pre cell phone. Nobody imagined our current future. It was a surprise.
We will have surprises FAR more disruptive on society than feminism.
Adapt or don’t. If people think they have witnessed big cultural shifts, and are hoping for things to swing back around, they’ve got it ALL wrong.
We aint seen nothin yet.
The changes have only barely begun.
Sex robots. Resource wars that could impact our physical safety and use unfamiliar weapons, such as bio-tech, micro-drones, and autonomous robots.
Mind controlling implants and microbes. Brain upgrades.
Even in the last few years facebook and tinder have changed society. Forty years ago that was not a prediction.
Forty years from now the battle of the sexes will be held on a vastly different landscape. What having a baby even means will be vastly different; genes will no longer be a matter of paternity and maternity alone.
And the effect of native genes will be vastly different. We will be altering our own genetic makeup after being born. As well as our appearance, and organs, and senses, and even how our very brains and thought processes function.
Society will be connected up in new ways we have never imagined.
People think sexting is an issue. Brain-wifi all-senses connected international sex orgy anyone? What is your chosen avatar?
My point of injecting this pragmatic uncertainty into the dialog is to point out that in order to live strategically, our short and medium term goals must include working with the system as it is. Our long term goals should include being in the best possible position to adapt. And that for me means increasing wealth as much as possible.
Nowhere is it pragmatically useful to plan for a future in which the battle of the sexes continues to be waged in our current technological landscape.
That present is ALREADY the past. The present is history. This landscape won’t be where the battle happens.
It will be a DIFFERENT battle.