The Roots Of Violence with Susan Griffin

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Why do we continue to see so much violence in our world today? We see it in our families, in our schools, on our streets and across the globe. What are the causes? Are the roots of violence different for men than for women? Are our deep personal wounds somehow related to the bombs that fall on the other side of the globe? In this dialogue Susan Griffin explores the relationship between what happens in our intimate lives and the violence we express individually, and as a nation. She explains, "The idea that we have to get somebody with a lot of muscles to take care of us happens when our core relationship to our own feelings has been erased." Named by Utne Magazine as one of the fifty great visionaries of the twenty-first century, Susan Griffin has spent a lifetime exploring the inner workings of our culture, including sexuality and sexual violence, war and power, feminism and our relationship to the natural world. (hosted by Michael Toms)

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Susan Griffin has won dozens of awards for her work as poet, feminine writer, playwright and filmmaker.

She is the author of more that twenty books, including:

  • A Chorus of Stones (Doubleday, 1992)
  • What Her Body Thought: A Journey into the Shadows (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999)
  • The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues (Broadway Books, 2001)
  • Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy (Trumpeter 2008)

To learn more about the work of Susan Griffin go to www.susangriffin.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why do we often accept what our government tells us, even when our eyes and ears tell us otherwise
  • How a man can experience a rape of the spirit
  • How young people may use aggression as a coping device
  • What is the impact of a man's reluctance to weep
  • How does a woman take on the suffering of others
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/22/2003      Program Number: 3013