Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wonder Woman: Not Just a Fantasy

The recent movie Wonder Woman was a great example of the collective unconscious acknowledgement of women's power and potential public dominance of men. There are so many cultural instances where fascination with women who dominate men manifests through one individual or another, and this seems to be the latest one.

I love coming across such instances buried in history, seemingly detached from all surrounding cultural activity. They betray the existence of others like us, scattered throughout cultural (and world) history, like evidence of the universal nature of our sexual orientation.  Some of my favorites include:

  • 1924 A Guide to the Correction of Young Gentleman & The Governess Compendium, by Jacqueline Ophir and the Alice Kerr Sutherland Society
  • 1950’s German Women Wrestlers
  • Red Sonja comic book from the 1970’s
  • Grace Jones
  • and of course, the original narrative of Wonder Woman 

Of course, you will notice that there isn't much cultural resistance to these expressions of support for FemDom and Matriarchy, as long as they are relegated to the realm of entertainment and personal fantasy. 

However, this tolerance of public support for Matriarchy stops just shy of the realm of politics, which is riddled with double standards designed to impoverish women. This means that though the fantasy is to have women in power over society, the reality is a society where women are blocked from the funds that would otherwise enable them to rule over their male counterparts.

For example, men's Viagra is covered by insurance, however women's birth control (including non-abortive) is not. Men, you do realize that women pay for that birth control - right? There is, in fact, no birth control Fairy.

Yet another example- the Equal Rights Amendment, the amendment that would help ensure equal pay for equal work between women and men and protect women from income-harming sexual discrimination, has still not been added to the Constitution, though it is now seventeen years past the turn of the last millennium. 

Add to this the impact of our collective extra social demands on women - the regular purchase of makeup and beauty treatments to avoid professional criticism; the strange fact that women’s clothes (of any kind) are priced at two or three times the cost of men’s clothes; the money and social prestige women lose because of the time they are expected to invest in childcare and household chores compared to the men of the house - and you have a reality where women are being paid less than men while also paying more than men do to remain employable and be included in the same economy. 

No wonder why so many of our women remain financially “dependent” on men, while our men undervalue them. Our judicial system crafts a world where women are not ensured reliable pay, professional opportunity, (including professional athletic opportunity, if Title IV is eliminated ), or reliable bodily protection outside of servitude to men, which usually takes the form of conformity to men’s extra and costly social expectations.

We often discuss symptoms of social sexism on this blog, specifically the lack of respect women deal with from their male peers, and how women can deal with this attitude of male-favoritism in their men most effectively. But there are things that would make it a lot easier for women to deal with men's issues effectively. Female solidarity, for example, would make disciplining the men in our lives much less work for us. So would eliminating one of the primary factors contributing to social attitudes of male-favoritism in the first place: political male-favoritism.

Our current set of judicial regulations protect the financial independence of men from pay discrimination while also giving men a large degree of impunity from the consequences of breaking the law, whether that be sexual assault (EG: Bill Cosby), or underpaying female employees. Those same judicial regulations deny the protection of women’s financial independence by allowing plenty of opportunity for employers to get away with underpaying professional women while also burdening women with disproportionate healthcare costs for sexual health. In fact, there are no legal consequences for businesses who overcharge women for the same services they provide men. Next time you think about getting a haircut, look up the relative cost of a haircut for the opposite gender and take note of the significant discrepancy in cost, to the detriment of female customers.

Regardless of what vapid political puppet is elected as president, if men see our judicial system repeatedly choosing to empower men in society at the expense of our women, they will emulate the behavior of those providing them with such power. Sure, they may be unloved by all the women in their life and have to pay through the nose just to bribe someone into being their "girlfriend". But at the end of the day it is money that does the talking for them. According to our analysis of political Matriarchies up to this point in time, it is the financial independence of women from men that enables Matriarchal societies to develop in the first place. In the same way, it is our current set of legal regulations, or the lack thereof, that create the patriarchy we now live in.

If you want a Matriarchy, study how Matriarchies are formed, and then try to recreate the circumstances that formed them in the past. According to the analysis of matriarchies we've done so far, it all stems from the financial independence of women. How can we make that a reality? By using our individual position in life to reverse the situations that are impoverishing women in our society. Political action, pressuring Congress, educating your peers, reducing the price of women’s clothing (and subsidizing it with the sale of men’s clothing) - all of these are viable and effective actions you can take on our journey to the realization of a Woman-led society.

Patriarchal societies develop, in large part, from circumstances that require women to sacrifice their collective female solidarity for the survival of others. Once that solidarity is sacrificed, can it be regained? I believe it can, but it will take a similar sacrifice from men to do so.


Anonymous said...

Regarding Jacqueline Ophir and Alice Kerr Sutherland, see the following:

Blanche Black said...

Yes, such a mystery.