Thursday, 25 December 2014

'INCOMPLETE WOMEN' IN RELIGION IS ONE OF FOUNDATIONS OF THE 'WEST' - GERDA LERNER


"Symbolic devaluing of women in relation to the divine becomes one of the founding metaphors of Western civilization [I would argue of coloniality/neo-colonialism/imperialism etc - Sukant]. The other founding metaphor is supplied by Aristotelian philosophy, which assumes as a given that women are incomplete and damaged human beings of an entirely different order than men. It is built into the very foundations of the symbol systems of Western civilisation, that the subordination of women comes to be seen as "natural", hence it becomes invisible. It is this which finally establishes patriarchy as an actuality and as an ideology." 

- The Creation of Patriarchy, Gerder Lerner, 1986, p10

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