28 de fevereiro de 2008
Praise be it to smart women
These past few days I was reading compulsively out of sheer pleasure. I confess I hadn't read anything out of recreation for quite a while. And since I don't actually have much opportunity to read anything beyond the piles of science books I need to digest for professional reasons, I found myself reading late in the evenings and losing sleep (precious sleep) because I wanted to finish those books that were giving me tons of agreable synapses in a brain usually overburdened by other things of a very dense and serious nature.
So, there I was reading about women and how they have always, from time immemorial, found ways to contradict patriarchy. I think that in those dark caves where we first existed as a species, women must have started developing their brains in a quite formidable way. It's the explanation I find. Physically weak, smaller than males and burdened by child bearing we didn't have many chances to stand in the wild and survive. We had to stay in the caves. And that somehow must have given us the time to think and therefore develop our intelligence. Above all, I think we developed a very fine, cunning intelligence. Men have always ruled the world (there are extraordinarily few matriarchal societies) but we have managed to influence it all, to play backstage and command. To lead in a way that our imposition was not well perceived and never very direct and open.
It's fascinating the way women think. Just remember the women that have gone down forgotten in History and how they shaped everything. For all great deeds there was always a female figure lurking in the shades. It's not just thinking that Helen triggered a war or Boudica stood against the Romans, it's the others that no one talks about, that no one knows about that made us come to the present.
Yes, those books actually made a semi-anti-feminist think about women's power. Fascinating!