The extraordinary Aly Raisman speech/confrontation of her abuser in court, the Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson “no longer pandering to men” talks at the marches in America…self-help material zinging around on Facebook referring to the post-patriarchy…who knew Lilith in Capricorn would manifest as such next level feminist energy? It’s the Eris – Persephone syndrome also.
But while all this has been no threat to integrated, together people, there is definitely a spike in the incidence of a certain type of person showing off low-level hostility and aggro toward women. Petty power trips and casual misogyny. Both lower vibe guys and the ladies who enable them. With this in mind and given it’s not always possible to distance yourself as much as you would like to from lower-Mars energy, we should probably all update our F-Wit Management Strategies.
So i was talking about it with Not-The-Typical-Virgo today and we agreed that the reason a particular strain of crap from people (it’s not just men) hurts is because it is usually something that is manifestly unfair, of being blamed or shamed for something that is either not our fault or not anything to be shamed about. And even though the person doing it is often a non-entity (more or less) seeking to smear someone else to cover up their own crap, trying to uphold a dodgy edifice OR to appease/suck up to some patriarchal relic, it still hurts.
And the reason is because though the pre-frontal cortex bit of the brain can absolutely rationalise the situation and react logically, in one’s power – the limbic system is reminded of old abusive scenarios or even – why the fuq not – once upon a lifetime scenarios of witch burnings and women been driven naked from cities, Hypatia, the whole damned deal. That’s my theory.
So what to do?
We could go Franz Kafka on it?
The main thing, when a sword cuts into one’s soul, is to keep a calm gaze, lose no blood, accept the coldness of the sword with the coldness of a stone. By means of the stab, after the stab, become invulnerable.
— Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks
Take steps, however small for now, toward life policies that somehow minimise contact with such people?
But they have always been with us and probably always will, thriving in some eras more than others. However, from a personal point of view, when dealing with them, there seems to be no better strategy than dealing with the root pain or trauma (as above) that the F-Wit is merely triggering or is an echo of.
And then of course, there is the oldest revenge spell in the world: Living Well. I said this in one of the Horoscopes for Monday but there truly is no better way to ‘get back’ at troll type people than by your cheery zen attitude. Why wreck your health thinking about F-Wits?
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