“Woman Hating” Part 2 August 15, 2010Posted by FCM in books!, gender roles, health, international, kids, PIV, pop culture, porn, WTF?.
Tags: dworkin, footbinding, PIV, witch burning, woman hating
since i started talking about dworkin’s “woman hating” i thought i may as well finish. for those who havent read it, dworkin starts out describing fairy tales and porn, and how they both “tell us who we are,” mapping out very clear psychological, physical, and behavioral distinctions between women and men. from the fairy tales we were all told as children, or that we were at least aware of, we know that the only good woman is a dead/sleeping/inert woman. and men are heroes, no matter what they do (or dont).
and porn…well porn and fairy tales seem to share that narrative, dont they? realizing that PIV is inherently dangerous to women, women are inert as all receptacles must be, and participating in our own destruction when we engage in it. and men come out smelling like roses as they say, even as they actively annihilate us. all hail the heroic come-shot! also, viewing women as “carnal” and evil when they arent asleep or dead, porn takes the evil-stepmother figure, quite literally, for a ride.
in “woman hating,” dworkin made the connection between the shared narratives of fairy tales and porn, and between two of the worst (best?) examples of misogynist hate, gynocide, the world has ever seen: chinese footbinding, and the persecution of witches. of course, mens entire belief-system about women is all a bunch of shit, misogynist reductionism, and lies. but clearly, when they are the ones writing the narrative, they can make up any old shit they want: then, men make their own wildest dreams about women come true. for example: women are inert, ineffectual humans who exist only to be destroyed (and perhaps also rescued) by men…becomes womens feet should be only 3-inches long. presto change-o! yes, they were, in china, for 1000 or so years, thanks to ritually binding chinese girls and womens feet. three! inches! womens this and that are thus-and-so, and mens arent. you get the picture. or…just in case you dont:
woo-hoo! this creating-reality stuff is all so sexxxay, isnt it? and it apparently has a lot to do with womens feet. in fact, dworkin characterizes footbinding, and the eroticization of the bound foot as nothing less than a MASS DELUSION about women. literally millions of men worshipped the bound foot over a period of 1000 years, and claimed to be able to see and feel yummy “extra folds” inside the vaginas of footbound women; folds that (OF COURSE) werent even there. it wasnt real.
regarding witch burning, women were long regarded as being carnal and evil…and also happened to be lacking in all kinds of manly attributes. and lo and behold, all the specifically male attributes women pretty unsurprisingly lacked made them susceptible to the influences of the debble! so over 300 years, an estimated 9 million people, almost all women, were imprisoned and executed for “practising witchcraft.”
and again, we see the MASS DELUSION aspect of it: for example, witches were said to be able to render mens dicks invisible, and some witches were even allegedly able to collect mens dicks in boxes, where they were fed oats and corn and scurried around like hairless mice in the bottom of the box, until returned. PEOPLE REPORTED ACTUALLY HAVING SEEN DICKS IN BOXES, EATING CORN. i nearly choked on my lunch when i read that. i wrote “wow” in the margin, and thats only reserved for the truly, truly noteworthy, in my margin-writing parlance. i think i have only used it maybe a dozen times in twenty years of reading and marking up my books:
dworkins point was that all our mens fucked-up beliefs about women are being acted out, on real girls and women, in real time. and that there are acts of gynocide being perpetrated, lasting across centuries, millenia, and they are barely being recorded as noteworthy. rather, they are “footnotes” in american, european and “world history.” a curiosity of a culture, at most. or as fashion.
its worth noting that dworkin largely critiqued literary pornography, which she was well-versed in, having spent many years of her early life immersed in “great” literature…which she eventually realized was absolutely steeped in misogyny. today, of course, our pornography is happening in real time, to real women. so its entirely possible that modern-day porn will be looked back on as a century (or more) of misogynist hate, and as fairy-tale and literary-porn narratives being acted out on real girls and women in real time too. and that our own participation in it, and responses to it, will also be remembered.
as dworkin has pointed out, these gynocidal atrocities have something in common, and they include MASS DELUSIONS about women, by men. so, in the case of modern porn, can anyone spot the MASS DELUSION? anyone? i think i can. in addition to PIV = sex, which is clearly, CLEARLY not true at all, we have this:
the neo-vagina! vagina-as-fuckhole, for men. women are just castrated men, with fuckholes between our legs. aka. transwomen. noone knows where children come from: its a great mystery, and a conspiracy against MRAs. or something. honestly, i think PIV, the neovag, and women-as-castrated-men is the great mass-delusion of the century, if not the millenia. this is what we are living with, and living through, every fucking day of our lives.