Why do you think women are controlled?
Breadth of Threat
To me the image I chose to go with this post is extraordinary! I chose it because it conveys power and threat. Both are at issue in the interactions of men and women and this image clearly has a mythological quality to it.
The Mysterium Tremendum alludes to something most often seen in the realm of the myth. As indicated, it is of interest in this context because I believe it relates to the apparent need to keep women “under control” but certainly with relatively less power. It seems that women pose extraordinary threat. The fair sex? How interesting!
Naturally it may be that the need to keep women controlled or contained may merely be a matter of men wanting to retain as much power as possible. Often the argument is made that the restriction of women’s rights and freedom relate to the issue of knowing the paternity of children. While there may be betrayals, it seems unlikely to be the complete reason. Again, it is hard to come up with a totally clear and complete reason because in so many ways it is irrational. It hints at some underlying force.
The Female Power
What might that force be? As already noted, it may be the extraordinary attraction to a woman felt by a man. We stress a woman’s appearance certainly more than that of a man. At celebratory gatherings the men are routinely dressed in dark suits or black formal attire. It is an entirely different matter for the women.
When we look back into mythology we see the men are often dynamic warriors but dangerous women take another form entirely. They do not classically attack as much as they use extraordinary powers. Certainly in the Odyssey there are examples of the dangers Odysseus faced. There was Scylla who was originally a sea nymph loved by the sea god Poseidon. His wife poisoned her bath water and created a creature with 12 feet and six heads on long snaky necks. Her loins were girded with the heads of baying dogs. Clearly a very dangerous woman. And there was Charybdis, also female, who was a dangerous whirlpool.
At a more generic level we see the contrast between witches and warlocks. Witches are generally more dangerous or are more often portrayed as so. We use the term bewitched to refer to the power of a woman over a man.
Real World Mythic Power
Again I have to come back to the point that it is unlikely we can rationally define the reason women are so controlled. We often make superficial analyses but my suspicion is that the root of the issue is the power of sex and sex is certainly powerful because it is related to reproduction and the continuity of our species. And this power takes on mythic proportions.
The reason for even discussing this issue is that we all suffer from this kind of discrimination and virtual imprisonment. It is clear that freeing women and empowering them is having remarkable benefits for everyone. If we detach ourselves from the prejudice and discrimination, then we can all benefit. Need I say it is also only fair.
Do you have an alternative explanation?
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2 thoughts on “Irrational Control”
While the pursuit of philosophical discourse and mythical enlightenment are quite high on the scale of human endeavor, I tend to think about topics such as the “power of women” in more basic, scientifically rooted terms. Without women, we wouldn’t be here! Simple as that. So what greater power could anything or group of persons or things have? Until men learn how to take one cell and combine it with another (oops…we already know how to do that part) and then (and here comes the stopper) incubate that cell for many months under reasonably well controlled conditions in a portable, sustainable, adaptable bioincubator (uh…duh womb) and produce a breathing, suckling viable human, we will need women. In order for our species to soldier on into the future we need women and SEX! That’s why sex is more fun than playing cards or watching TV (although the Republican shit-slinging that they call “debates” is rather entertaining). Without sex and women, Homo sapiens would rapidly become extinct. Look what happened to the Shakers…their idea of a well-regulated, productive, self-sufficient society sounded really good (and they made beautiful furniture). They just forgot about sex. No sex, no more Shakers!
I’d forgotten about what happened to the Shakers. A little short sighted and also they missed out along the way.