A Revolution for the 21 st Century
foreword Ramon Flecha Since 1992 Jesús Gómez (Pato) understood that radical love would be the revolution of the 21st century. After millennia of oppressive societies which socialized us into desire without love for those who treat us badly and into sta- bility without desire for those who treat us well, the theory of radical love has finally started to transform the deepest foundations of our human relations. Pato demonstrated in both his theory and his daily life that it is possible to go beyond this binary desire and mindset by “uniting affection and excitement, friendship and passion, stability and madness in the same person.” Feminist theories have already demonstrated that dominant men have always used all their power to try to keep women subdued, oppressed, and under control. The so -called double standard has been used to distinguish between two types of subordination: some women were useful for the produc- tion of the heir, and the others should be always available for sex. The new masculinities have shown that these dominant men not only oppress, subdue, and forcibly control women, but they also do so with many men. There is no doubt that Pato was in both theory and his practice one of the most revolu- tionary new masculinities. He lived stability and madness with terrific inten- sity with one of the most revolutionary feminists in theory and practice. How far he was from those men who say they are revolutionary and treat women x radical love: a...
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