True equality by Marinka Masséus

The objectification of the female body is an effective form of dehumanization. Women’s sexuality is exploited and suppressed at the same time. Admired and reviled, chased and judged, praised and ridiculed. This oppressive societal schizophrenia is mirrored in every woman’s soul. Western philosophers who have shaped our collective thinking – Aristotle,  Socrates, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Darwin, Schopenhauer,  Nietzsche – compared women to animals, incapable of rational thought, devoid of intelligence. These men are still revered to this day.

The series “[don’t] look at me 1 & 2” by Marinka Masséus reflects on the desire to be seen, coupled with the shame and instinctive need to hide

Aristotle: women exist as natural deformities or imperfect males. Courage of a man lies in commanding, a woman’s lies in obeying. Matter yearns for form, as the female for the male and the ugly for the beautiful. A female is an incomplete male or a deformity which contributes only matter and not form to the generation of offspring. That in general a woman is perhaps an inferior being. That female characters in a tragedy will be inappropriate if they are too brave or too clever.

Misogyny is of all cultures and of all times. It’s a foundation in all major creation mythology. In the bible – Eve unleashing evil onto the world – in Greek mythology -Zeus punishing human kind by creating Pandora, the first woman (or evil thing for their delight) who, yet again, unleashes evil into the world.

These blatantly misogynistic men are considered founders of civilization. Their opinions and thoughts have shaped our collective thinking. The subsequent gender programming goes so deep, that it’s impossible for both men and women to fully recognize its ingrained impact. #metoo / #timesup has awoken an existential urge to claim our equality. To be recognized as capable human beings, valued by more than our appearance. Claiming sovereignty of our bodies, that our NO will be heard and respected.

In response to women becoming more vocal, there currently is a backlash. In some places that means female rights are actually backsliding. But a shared consciousness is growing, an awareness of our potential beyond what we were conditioned to believe about ourselves. It will take time. Only when the female energy is just as free as male energy has always been – sexually, intellectually, artistically, emotionally, spiritually – will there be true equality.

Western philosophers who have shaped our collective thinking – Aristotle,  Socrates, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Darwin, Schopenhauer,  Nietzsche – compared women to animals

And although present generations are desperately trying to escape these narrow confinements, the ingrained programming leaves many women struggling with their self-worth.

Darwin believed children and women had smaller brains and therefore led more by instinct and less by reason. According to him, the child, the female, and the senile had similar mental traits. That the female is similar in intellectual capacity and personality traits to infants while drawing conclusion that women are closely related to lower animals.

Misogyny is of all cultures and of all times. It’s a foundation in all major creation mythology. In the bible – Eve unleashing evil onto the world – in Greek mythology -Zeus punishing human kind by creating Pandora, the first woman (or evil thing for their delight) who, yet again, unleashes evil into the world.

Schopenhauer: Women are “by nature meant to obey” as they are “childish, frivolous, and short sighted”

Socrates calls those who plead for their lives in court “no better than women” and one sign of democracy’s moral failure is the gender equality it promotes.

“Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792 ―

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“The repression of the feminine has led to a planet on the edge of collapse. The re-emergence is going to be a dance to behold.”- Clare Dakin

“I am not free while any women is unfree, even when her shackles are different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

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