I admit that my immediate reaction is always fury in defence of the female, although not knowing both sides of the story, I don’t see how that’s exactly fair-minded of me. However, it’s been my experience that a little deeper knowledge of the domestic situation almost always results in the true picture of the woman being the victim, in so many ways, emerging.
The correct epithet would be this civilization is the scum of the Earth.
For, as I’ve mused over before,men are as much damaged by this culture as are women-if not more, in some cases.
It’s fairly on the surface here in Africa. In every sub culture here we have a fine tradition of treating our boy children like little princes, whose every whim women (from age 6 months to 106 years) must strive to cater for.
But really, we have the unspoken assumptions of the last 6000 years to thank for it. Hierarchical societies, shaped like a pyramid instead of a web; success measured by power-over rather than cooperation; the idea that man must at all costs subdue, dominate and control the natural world – it’s pretty obvious after a bit of thought.
It’s also damned scary.
We’ve gotten so that most of us have forgotten what it’s like to be in a cooperative relationship with the Earth. We can no longer hear the land when she speaks to us. And speak She does, most eloquently, if we just care to attend to our paleolithic hearing again.
I would urge each of you – whether you be blessed in a rural setting, or trapped in concrete and steel – to bend the ears of your soul once more to what She has to say.