Once you live with the issue of women and the landscape for a while, you find that you cannot separate them form the notions of peace, spirituality, and community. As women we must learn to become leaders in society, not just for our own sake, but for the sake of all people. We must support and protect our kinship with the environment for the generations to come.
No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe.
In almost all of its collections operations, China is not so much looking at opportunities for stealing things...as devising all sorts of opportunities for you to come to the conclusion that you would be willing to give at least some of these things. It's the mundane, day-to-day contacts that are killing us, not the exotic spy operations.