Oct. 19, 2022

The Oldest Trauma

The Oldest Trauma

What if misogyny is not the hatred of women - but a phobia? What if patriarchy is not a power structure - but a pathology? And what if we could trace these twin phenomena back to their point of origin like we can trace the eruption and evolution of a vir...


What if misogyny is not the hatred of women - but a phobia? What if patriarchy is not a power structure - but a pathology? And what if we could trace these twin phenomena back to their point of origin like we can trace the eruption and evolution of a virus? Elle has a rapid-fire conversation with trauma specialist and scholar Christine Forner about tracing patriarchy and misogyny back through - not just history, but the evolution of human neurobiology.

Between her scholarship in the field of trauma and dissociation and 35 years as a clinical practitioner, looking at thousands of cases of human-on-human harm - Christine reflects that the human species as a whole is a traumatized species. That we now might be stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle of trauma and neglect, in a world culture in which neither men nor women, boys nor girls can thrive. 

But as someone who heals very broken humans for a living, Christine also shares what we need to do to cure ourselves, of misogyny and patriarchy, and how the remedies are deceptively simple and completely within our human capacity.

 

Credits

Host: Elle Kamihira

Produced by Elle Kamihira

Audio Engineering by Jason Sheesley at Abridged Audio

Cover Art by Bee Johnson

Music by Beware of Darkness

Christine Forner Profile Photo

Christine Forner

Trauma Specialist (BA, BSW, MSW, RSW)

Christine Forner has been working with survivors of domestic abuse, child sexual abuse and other forms of severe abuse and violence for 35 years. She is a clinical social worker, working in private practice, specializing in dissociative disorder, complex post traumatic stress disorder and other early attachment harms.

Christine is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and lectures internationally on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness.

Christine has written articles on the topic of dissociation and mindfulness and most recently her work has focused on the origins of misogyny and the patriarchy from a neurobiological and trauma lens. She is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma Informed Practices to Facilitate Growth.