And With That, The Entire House Came Crumbling Down November 26, 2012Posted by FCM in PIV, pop culture.
Tags: mythology, PIV, rogue waves, sea monsters, witch burning
oh how i wish this would just happen already! the internets have blown up with the PIV-critical talk — and this makes me so happy i cant even. of course, i doubt this will be the final throes of the PIV-as-sex paradigm — the one that has left literally billions of damaged, dead and dying female bodies in its wake across time and place — which makes me so sad i cant even. we will have to live like this for a bit i think, but how long is a “bit” really? things change on a dime (in some cases). that one piece of the puzzle finally clicks into place and the picture becomes clear — in some cases.
and did i mention men lie? they make shit up, they create realities that arent real. this makes our job harder, but moving through mental molasses is still movement.
an illustration. what does this image conjure for any of us when we see it:
sea monsters arent real mkay. so what are these images a placeholder for? whats really going on, and what are men lying about exactly when they create these elaborate scenarios and images that attempt to explain real phenomena but with the added “twist” of building males up and increasing male power, and stumping for men and a pro-male agenda, whatever that means at the time?
in the case of the mythology of the sea monster…an entire false history complete with evocative imagery and compulsory emotionality/sentimentality seems to have been written by men to explain away entire ships — hundreds of them — being lost at sea, possibly due either to bad seamanship or to rogue waves.
according to the history channel, historically, when not-incompetent seafaring men reported seeing or being damaged by one of these “monster waves” — assuming they survived at all — the other men laughed at them, and called them drunks or worse. so the men just started making shit up. because they could, you see. men create reality; the rest of us just live in it.
in the case of the seamonster, men created an incredibly rich, vivid and yet as it turns out completely false
reality narrative that *kind of* explained what had happened, but which made them look better than the actual, real truth, and deflected the blame away from them onto something — anything! — else. only when other men found “scientific evidence” of rogue waves did anyone start believing they were real, and (happily!) this truth was exculpatory of men and mens incompetence, and knowing that, men started widely reporting the actual real truth about rogue waves and the part they play in anyones reality.
i find it particularly striking that rogue waves are known to take out the masts of ships — knowing how frequently we see images of seamonsters grabbing onto the masts of ships.
and speaking of rich, vivid and yet completely false narratives, what of this:
feel the emotion and history there? so do i. unfortunately though, just like in the case of the seamonsters, this “history” — of PIV and what it is and what it means — is not real. we are left to deal with the fact that this imagery and this history feels real, and is physically and emotionally evocative — of something made-up, that never happened. talk about a mindfuck. does it help to understand that men do this all the time? that they invent imagery and entire histories of things that feel or seem real — and that deliberately somewhat-correspond to actual events — but which never actually happened in real life? because they do.
feel that? feel the witchy history there, the evocative narrative, the sounds, the smells, the emotions and all of it? thats intentional. but its not real. srsly, how do they do that — how is emotion and history manufactured so easily and so effectively? i cant say i fully understand the mechanism, but look — “witches” were mainly women — regular women. witches cauldrons were for cooking, a cauldron is just a big pot, get it? and all women had one in their homes. brooms were for sweeping, (not for flying ffs) and all or almost all women had one in the house. just like we do today. get it?
mens ability to rewrite this and to have their lying-ass version of history just last and last is terrifying, it really is. think of these examples as mansplanations, perhaps — and then realize how malicious and malevolent mansplanations really are. men lie. and men kill women on purpose, and lie about it, including inventing evocative histories bursting with sentimentality and emotion which deflect our intellect and imagination to where men want them, instead of on the real actual truth. and this of course includes the truth about PIV and what it means for female-bodied people across time and place.
in the case of the seamonsters, the actual, real truth was exculpatory of men, so men were more than happy to report the truth when they finally knew it. but this is *not* the case with accused witches and what men did to them because they wanted to and because they could — that history has been trivialized, and all but completely erased. and it is not the case with PIV either. the truth will never be reported, by them. the picture will never finally come into focus, relying on that one critical piece of information, supplied by them. we have to do this ourselves, or it will never be done. and once the truth is out, we will probably have to work very hard to preserve it.