Playing With Misogyny

Nehra Stella

MISOGYNY defines the cultural attitude of hatred, mistrust or prejudice against female and the idea that men are better then woman.

Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision-making.

Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even against themselves. Misogyny can be found within sacred texts of religions, mythologies, as well as Western literature and philosophy.

The first written example of misogyny is in the Odyssey (8th century B.C.) when Penelope, Ulysses’ wife, is told by her own son Telemachus “to shut up“ and go back to her room, to leave men discuss about important matters.  

A particular creative example is “Types of women“ by Semonides of Amorgos (7th century B.C.), where the author compares woman to nature and animals: pig, fox, dog, earth, sea, donkey, ferret,mare, monkey, and bees.  Of the Ten types, nine are delineated as destructive: only the bee-woman makes a good wife. In the second part of the poem, he complains about the evils of women in general.

Even the most appreciated woman of ancient time – “the Beautiful Elena“ – doesn’t escape misogyny; her beauty is seen as the main fault and cause of Troy War. But the best example of women being the origin of all bad is given by Eva, the very first woman, alone responsible for the Original Sin and the fall of all humanity.

In this workshop, we will recall all this extensive existing traditions and enrich them in a creative collective process to define and express as many variety of Misogyny and then use it to play together – women as well as men – the game of female hatred. We might even achieve to detect unaware and undiscovered misogyny inside each one of us and to transform it into an exciting and arousal tool for our blaspheme games…

Sensitive souls better abstain.

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