Women in Ufology

12 Apr

Ufology.  Funny word that, I’m not sure its even in the dictionary yet.  So, we’ll start it off by giving it a definition.  Ufology is the study of ufos, aliens, and related topics and areas.

That’s a pretty loose definition, but its a pretty loose area of study too.  Some regard it as the lunatic fringe.  I’ve met some I’d put in that category too.  Like the woman who’s boyfriend had made a hat with a colander, some wire, some battery powered lights, etc. and she was stalking me in Roswell trying to get me to put him on the radio show.  I explained to her numerous times that radio can’t see the hat, and therefore…wouldn’t “get it.”  It didn’t work.  I’d peek in the hallway at the motel, and try to evade her attention.  She didn’t frighten me, she just kind of made me uncomfortable with her continual request to get on the show.  Some of the weird stuff is a bit tongue in cheek, such as the tin foil hats.  For most people, it’s a joke, but I have met some who sincerely believed they were the victims of thought control too.

It also provided me with ample laughter when my adult daughter asked me (totally seriously too) about where she could buy one of those tin foil hats.  Yes, she is a natural blonde.  Yes, we were in Roswell for their annual festival.  No, she didn’t buy one, and yes, she was somewhat embarrassed when she realized what she had just asked.  It’s a great example of engaging one’s mouth before your mental transmission kicks into gear properly.

I pursue the topic seriously.  Yes, I can have fun with it and make jokes, but beneath that, there is a very serious element for me.  For years, on the air and off, I have been telling people the following:

Each abductee has a piece of the puzzle that makes up the whole truth.  It is imperative that we start putting these puzzle pieces together.  These aliens have been visiting this planet for a very long time, over 100 thousand years by some accounting.  That’s a big investment.  I don’t believe in true benevolence, so it’s only logical to assume there is a pay off expected at some point, and probably all too close to here and now too.  That pay off is not our natural resources–they could have had those long ago, without our help.  It isn’t to make us into slaves–we’re high maintenance and intractable.  It isn’t to eat us–we grow better in petrie dishes, and these days, we’re full of chemicals, cholesterol and just plain taste bad.  They don’t want to take over the planet either, they could have done that long before now with less ado.  Therefore, it is logical to assume that we have something they want very badly (hence that long term investment of their time and attention.)  They can’t take it away from us, or they would have already done so.  That means we have to give it to them.  It is in our best interests to find out what it is they want before we repeat history and give it away without a second thought.

Is anyone paying attention?

Sometimes, I wonder.

But over time, I’ve watched ufology’s VIPs.  They’ve always been primarily men.  Do I feel that they’ve done the issue justice?

So far, no.  Granted, they’ve pushed ufology into mainstream society, and that’s a good thing.  But…they have failed time and time again as their egos and information collided.  Here’s some issues that I think need addressed:

Most estimates put abductees/contactees to be from 60-80% female, yet that’s not reflected in women’s roles in the field.

The abduction scenario is always traumatic for the experiencer.  For women, it has been made more difficult by dealing with male investigators.  These cross-gender barriers have distorted information or encouraged women to remain silent.

Speakers at conferences are primarily male, with a substantially smaller number of presentations given by women.

Will it make a difference?  It can’t hurt.  Women’s egos are different than male egos.  We think in different ways.  Excluding a gender from prominent roles means we’re excluding an entire perspective from the potential solutions.

I’ve assembled this series, which also features two panels, to take a look at the women and their perspective.  It doesn’t have ALL the women or even all of the most influential women.  It does have a variety of areas of focus, different approaches, and different points of view.  Come listen, learn, see what you think about it all.

Should women become more involved?  Should it be in all areas?  What changes should be made to the way research is done?  Investigations…who’s right?  Can we do a better job?  How can we help the experiencers move past the experience?

Let’s see how many of these questions we can answer.


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