All around the world, there are attacks on the feminine and on women as individuals. In the United States, men are often afraid to show their feminine side. Domestic violence is rampant. I wonder what is so threatening about femininity that men would work so hard to suppress it?
I remember seeing some ancient proto-Christian figures in sculpture in which a snake or dragon-type figure is being crushed under the feet of the hero, or solar figure. It would seem that there is an equation between the earth, or what is under the earth – insects, rodents, snakes and other chtonian characters with the feminine. Forces over which we have no control, forces which are equated to death, to disappearance of our ego, our reasoning abilities over the Earth. I intuit that what is scary about the feminine is the fear of death, of being subsumed, ground into dust, made irrelevant.
This is just one aspect of the feminine. Since life is an endless cycle of creation, dismemberment, and reconstruction, the feminine is about flux and cycles. I think this is why the moon is a symbol of the feminine, as is the Earth, where we place the bodies of our dead to decompose and feed new life. The feminine is in some ways an impersonal force. The Indian goddess Kali embodies these destructive and life-giving forces, and is apparently the most popular goddess in India. Since the Sun represents the masculine and the light of reason, perhaps the feminine appears irrational, archaic, content to slog through the primitive soup of existence. The bloodiness of birth, the physical realities of disease, and death, are all part of the feminine experience.
I want to understand more about the fear of the feminine, and about how we all can learn to embrace both poles of existence inside of ourselves.