On the Subject of Women Being the Property of Men

Well, I just finished reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. In it, she describes the ravages of black slavery and the buying and selling of human beings. We don’t or aren’t supposed to be doing that any more. I totally agree with you when you say “What does that even mean?!” Still, sadly, it’s true. I am reading a book by or about Baudrillard, and in it he has been attributed to saying that we are at the stage where we pay our employers to work for them. We educate ourselves so that we can then fit into the groove we have been assigned. Women have a purpose too, I am afraid, where men have bought the world and money is the means of barter, and capitalism’s slaves use their bodies as a means to their financial ends vs. the Capitalist’s machines, which keep him at a distance and so he never gets his hands dirty. A woman’s place is as a sexual tool, a baker of bread, and a barer of children. For far too long we have been deluded about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Man has even corrupted God to have us believe that we are the property of others. When a man says he wants a woman to be his property, he is speaking in Christian terms. Putting the fear of God in you is to make you think in heaven you shall be rewarded for your sacrifice. But, I know life here and now is the only waking state. You’d better fight like hell against what’s coming back. A trillion dollar tax cut is going to go far to making women the property of rich men.


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  1. Loved that book by Morrison. Read it many years ago. I like how you take it as a starting point to relate its themes to the current situation of increasing enslavement, especially for women, where the situation becomes worse if you are black, poor, lesbian, trans… if you live in a country at war, in a country with too lax gun laws and drastic tax cuts for the very rich…

    I have just read again Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and seen much more deeper into it as the first time (ages ago, high school perhaps). The structures of power Kafka criticizes are still relatable to our present times. I even see a slight connection between your literary work and Kafka’s in this respect. The main character, Gregor Samsa, is the financial sustainer of the family (has a job he hates, it also happened in Kafka’s real life where he only wanted to write). This is a recurrent topic in your work too, though in a different context.

    In Kafka’s novella one day when Gregor awakes he has turned into an “ungeheures Ungeziefer” (sorry, read the book in original German and I am trying to find the English translation something like “a monstrous vermin” or “a verminous bug”). Notice the German prefix un- in the two German words (same prefix as in English un- to express negation).

    Through his metamorphosis Gregor Samsa abdicates from his role of financial sustainer, where the parasite-like fat father and his sister will take up a job and rent a room to three men who also act like true parasites. In this sense, Gregor finds some sort of liberation when the roles are changed: He is no longer responsible for the family’s economy. On the other hand, he is repeled by his own family and also by the world outside (starting by his employer), which implies the dehumanisation and destruction of the being.

    • Oh, and his only-if-he-could just be a genius wish, his true calling is what really stands out as valuable. That’s where we fail as an economic system; people are burning their inner candles at both ends, using the only thing they have, their bodies, irrelevant and pushed to destruction, becoming insane seeing the insanity, knowing how it works: History of Insanity, Anti-Oedipus – Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Baudrillard, Marx, etc. And along comes the Predator Capitalist (PC), who pulls the rug completely by giving it all away to those who already enjoy SURPLUS CAPITAL, see Capital I, a most important and complex term, with the tax cut for the rich, monopolies with the AT&T’s merger with Time Warner example, dissolution of net neutrality, etc., robotics, until finally the complete irrelevance of the human being, as he/she actually are: Android consciouness, McLuhan’s Medium As Message. Men/women cannot compete with something that lacks true human values. Corporations are not people.

      • Agreed. I vaguely know about Baudrillard and McLuhan. What you tell sounds worth diving in. I had Marx in high school history classes (good education is so important!), but I never got to read Capital I. Perhaps I should one of these days to understand better our current problems and where they come from. I think it is crucial to create awareness of all these problems, where in the end just a few people in the world are privileged against a vast majority enslaved to a higher or lesser extent depending on multiple factors, the worst of them being inherited poverty, something I noticed many U.S. citizens still do not understand, which is incomprehensible to most European minds. What Bernie Sanders proposed sounded like what any normal social democratic candidate would say in Europe. Indeed I have always considered people believing blindly in “The American Dream”, that is, without questioning anything, something that harms enourmously. It harms the whole world. I wonder at the incredibly wide range of enslavement degrees in our present world. Some shackles are apparently invisible to many people (even to you, me and to those people we share our ideas with). What is more, some of those shackles end up being part of our individual and collective subconscious. That is why we urgently need to find all kinds of awareness raising strategies. In this respect the lack of net neutrality and robotics are very subtle devices to turn us blind in awareness, the best tool for power abuse and consequent submission. I cannot remember if I sent you this video that fills me up with great hope for humanity. Well, just in case, it is worth watching it all, but especially from minute from minute 3:25 to 6:25:

  2. Tonni Morrison is a prolific writer and I am glad you mentioned her! We are waking up now, but still trying to fit into a reality constructed by others. I agree religion for long has instilled fear in the minds of believers and tried to entice them with the rewards of heaven.

  3. I have to be careful with religion. I played at American’s Got Talent (in audition) and when I finished, not having acknowledged God, I felt like this special gift was gone. While I experienced death or at least passing out after a heart attack, and I saw nothing, felt nothing, became nonexistent, I still cannot doubt that a spirit runs through us and in my case, gives me flight when it comes to playing the piano. I do believe that religion should not defer others to a time after death, especially if it means to take advantage of them or to keep people from living their full potential. Heaven is now. I cannot imagine life being more interesting and possible as it is now. As Americans, (OK, as a middle-aged white male) do I ever really have cause to complain?


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