As Vivekananda said.
Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience
and infinite perseverance.
Women will work out their destinies – much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.
Woman is a ray of God, not a mere mistress,
The Creator’s self, as it were, not a mere creature!
According to Wikipedia,
the concepts of femininity and masculinity had been culturally constructed,
with traits such as passivity and tenderness assigned to women
and aggression and intelligence assigned to men
American feminist Betty Friedan wrote that “no biological, psychological or economic fate determines the figure that the human female presents in society” and that “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” arguing that
the key to women’s subjugation lay in the social construction of femininity
as childlike, passive and dependent,and calling for a drastic
reshaping of the cultural image of femininity.
Lierre Keith agrees and points out the worst aspects of the cultural male oriented concept of femininity:
Femininity is ultimately a description of the personality
that results from trauma and powerlessness: weak, passive, yielding,
emotional, hyper-vigilant to the needs of the dominators
and desperate for the dominator’s attention.
Jack Kerouac adds that:
Once my mother said that the world will never find peace until men kneeled
in from of their women asking forgiveness.
And it is true.
As Coco Chanel noted,
According to Mircea Eliade
Every naked woman incarnates (Prakirti nature)
Hence she is to be looked upon with the same adoration and the same detachment that one exercises in pondering the unfathomable secret of nature, its limit-less capacity to create. The ritual nudity of the yogini has an intrinsic mystic value:
if, in the presence of the naked woman, one does not find in one’s inmost being
the same terrifying emotion that one feels before the revelation
of the cosmic mystery, there is no rite,
there is only secular act. . .
Words of Power:
Mère points out that:
No law can liberate women unless they liberate themselves. What makes them slaves is:
1) Attraction towards the male and his strength,
2) Desire for home life and its security,
3) Attachment to motherhood.
If they get free from these three slaveries, they will truly
be the equal of men.