Recently I posted the following on Sour Duck -- about the appropriateness, in feminist blogging, of anger (I've done a bit of editing since I posted on SD):
“The women speaking here [about anger] seem so uncertain, so lost. It's my opinion that humans need shared “superordinate constructs,” or Big Guiding Symbols, to help us move in rhythm and in sync re: important life areas. One such construct is the Mother Goddess, and whether you see her as an actual deity or as a symbolic construct, She can be a force showering feminists (and everyone else) with incredible power.Unfortunately, so do jealous, kill-your-sons-to-prove-your-love warrior gods like Jehovah, Yaweh and Mohammed. The directions these lovelies have taken us are toward jealousy, killing, war -- and the edge of extinction.
“Take the question of anger. Using the Great Mother, we notice that healthy mothers love their children -- but get incredibly ANGRY when those children are hurt or threatened. If we see ourselves as the Great Mother, then questions about the appropriateness of anger (when, where, how, how much, why, etc.) are instantaneously answered: We have not only a right, but a duty to get angry when our "children" (i.e., other humans) are hurt or threatened.
“When to get angry? At the time when our anger will produce the biggest payoff (sometimes this will be immediately; sometimes it’ll be in a day or two).
“Where to get angry? At the place where it will produce the biggest payoff in reducing the threat to our “children.”
“How to get angry? In a way that will produce hefty payloads (this will vary depending on the situation).
“How much anger should be let loose? Enough to finish the job (protection of each other).
“At whom should we get angry? At those who threaten others, and those who refuse to restrain threateners.
“Why should we get angry? Because properly directed anger can be one of our most powerful tools for good.
“Contrary to what we’d love to believe, I doubt that human beings -- men or women -- are intelligent enough yet to operate without superordinate guiding constructs. Let’s face it: we're primates: animals who depend on groups for survival. Unlike chimps, bonobos and our other close cousins, however, we don’t come with automatic “operating instructions” (instincts). In order to work effectively in the groups that keep us alive, we humans need things that put us all on the same page. Large symbolic constructs like The Great Mother Goddess do just that.”
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