Lotuses grow out of the dirt. Literally, dung heaps.
The lotus will rise of its own accord. I love the image of the delicate bloom being caressed by a man's hand. I thought I met a man like that recently. I always believed men could support women to bring forth powerful ideas and strong visions. But when it undermines a corporate culture, or challenges "the way we do business," few men have the backbone to give up the Audi A4 and the company pension. It's going to take women to create a world based on equality, justice and access for all women. The way women do things is anti-corporate, it's above the body politik.