Archive | October, 2016

Men Are Jealous of the Love Button

7 Oct

Button, Button…Who’s got the button?

Nothing on Earth has rankled, annoyed and befuddled men more than one exclusively female attribute. All bragging of male superiority is hollow and silly when a certain physical reality is placed on the scales of inherent worth.  The world has suffered thousands of years of conflict, armies have moved, Cathedrals have been erected and multitudes denied happiness because one biological quirk has rendered to females a power denied males.

clitThere has been hell to pay. This quirk, this special possession, this instrument of pleasure leaves one half of humankind able to thrive nicely without the help of the other.  It is insufferable to those, and they are legion, who value control and power over others nearly equally to life itself. You know who you are. We know who they are.

This is an equal opportunity villainy and thrives in the human heart. Whether it shows up in the punishment of a three year old for exploration of herself or the mutilation of a teen for tribal piety, forty million living women are so mutilated, the intent and the result is the same. Control.  Denial of freedom of expression.  Curtailment of  inherent female power and independence.  Continuance of male domination  and female submission.

 The early religious leaders are singled out for greatest blame because they have been in the business for so long and have cast a great shadow over mankind historically. Plus the history of conquer, rapine and enslavement they enjoy must not be underestimated.  They were not alone however, others from different geographical regions bear consideration for equally bad behavior starting in the late Bronze Age, or thereabouts.

The results were the same. They came boiling out of the deserts and down from the steppes, star-struck and maddened by isolation and celestial hubris and ready to slay and pray. The spoils included the female of the species but the total ownership and control of this chattel was diluted and mocked because of that dreadful button. Satan’s doorknob; his latch-key! What to do? Rebuke of the deity for endowing just one gender with an organ with no other function except to provide pleasure would not play well with the faithful.  Casting females as original sinners and the cause of mankind’s woes; that still plays just fine.

What was not done was admitting the basic biological superiority or at a minimum, the fundamental innocence of the captives they possessed. Control and manipulation of female biology has been an overwhelming preoccupation of countless generations of men, and not a few women, all over the planet. Until this ceases humankind can expect no respite from the repeated evils that plague us.

Public Service Notice:
[To clarify an ongoing misconception of some duration please be informed that the male penis is simply an enlarged clitoris.  In the past you may have been told a different explanation of this elementary fact of life. Ignore it.] 
 

 

 

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Broken Warriors

7 Oct

During the 1980’s as house parents in a busy international youth hostel in Key West, Florida my family lived with hundreds of Israeli young men and women most of whom were Sabras (native born). What was most striking about the Israelis, compared to other groups we lived with, was the flat personal aspect and steely visage of these young men and women.

One too often noticed the face of a grim warrior or the blank visage of professional hunter on a twenty-something attempting, sadly, to enjoy a pleasant vacation. Many carried, at a tender age, what has been described as the thousand-yard stare of veteran combatants. In contrast to most others in the same age group from elsewhere the difference in demeanor was striking and sad in a fun place like Key West

The tragedy of the continual conflict and bloodshed at home, most have known no other reality, is that the effort to secure the present may doom the future in their country. Sending repeated generations to battle and occupation without let-up or hope is a sorry legacy. Nothing I’ve seen written or spoken has yet addressed this looming tragedy.  Senior Israeli planners whether political, military or religious appear to focus exclusively on prevailing successfully in the here and now and the future is well…not theirs.  Are these young persons being sacrificed for some dubious lebensraum or ideological advantage by their elders?