International Writers Magazine: 21st Century
Rise of Women Power
a woman in your life, and your serenity is through! How poignant
a phrase uttered by Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison) in My
Fair Lady, a musical based on George Bernard Shaws play,
The lines that followed in the song were no less implicit. Youre
up against a wall! You invite eternal strife! Youre
plunging in a knife! And the final conclusion of a supreme example
of a male chauvinist pig, I shall never let a woman in my life.
Yet women have now taken over, like it or not.
Ever since the suffragette movement in the early part of the last century
brought present day feminism and the feminist movements to the fore, women
have been gaining strength in every sector of our present modern age.
Emily Davison, an English suffragette died when she stepped out in protest
in front of the Kings horse during the Epson Derby in 1913 an event
that eventually prompted the recognition of womens rights in the
Yet women heroines and martyrs existed long before these female revolutionaries
dared challenge the supremacy of man. The most famous and notorious was
probably Joan of Arc, a XV century French national heroine who led an
army against King Charles VII at the siege of Orleans during the Hundred
Year War of English domination. She later fell prisoner and burnt at the
stake but was eventually redeemed, beatified in 1909 and canonized as
a saint in 1920. What better example is there of female resilience against
the opposite sex.
Over a century later in a much less spectacular event, a young peasant
girl called Maria Pita challenged the mighty army of Sir Francis Drake
in Corunna, Spain. On the 4th of may 1589 when Drakes army surrounded
the city and managed to break through the fortified walls, this young
lass confronted the first onslaught of troops with a kitchen knife and
instantly killed the standard bearer shouting back at her fellow Galicians,
if youve got any honour, follow me!, or so legend has
it. Drake eventually withdrew. Today, a monument in the main town square
depicts this famous incident of Spains history. Ironically, Sir
John Moore two hundred years later defended Corunna against Napoleons
troops and is also revered as a hero of the city. Two heroes on opposite
sides of the fence.
But what about todays heroines?
Without going into the contemporary history of Queen Victoria, Margaret
Thatcher or Golda Meir to quote a few examples, we are now faced with
many a female prominent figure directing the destiny of many areas of
the world and controlling millions of citizens both male and female. In
Europe we have Angela Merkel, Chancellor in Germany and Tarja Halonen,
President of Finland, two strong and forceful politicians that are carving
a new road map within the European Union. Moving across the pond to the
Americas, in March 2006, Michelle Bachelet became the first women president
in Chile and just over a year later Cristina Fernandez Kirchner was elected
president of Argentina. Although Cristina is not the first female president
of this country, she is the first to be democratically elected without
any military intervention or coupe.
Lets move north to the USA and what have we got. Hillary Clinton
seems poised to be the future candidate representing the Democratic Party
in the forthcoming presidential elections. Again, this would be a precedent
for the next incoming occupant of the Oval Office at the White House.
But what about womans lib? Is it all part of the same syndrome that
women are taking over from men? Lets take a look at the modern female
of the XXI century in our democratic society.
They are economically independent, intelligent with a high intellectual
IQ, take the initiative in sexual approach, have collected a good number
of lovers, dont teach their children what their own mothers taught,
have plenty of male friends, travelled, dont have any hang-ups with
younger men as bed partners, drive powerful cars, discovered Internet,
party every weekend, are cosmopolitan and generally live in large cities.
There you have it, Sex in the City! So why do they need us
men? We are just a bunch of male chauvinist pigs who only think of football
and boozing with the fellows down at the pub.
But then you have the seedy side of this new relationship between male
A couple of weeks ago, on one of the usual punk chat shows
on Spanish television, an unmarried couple that had recently separated,
was brought on stage before a live audience and subjected to a rigmarole
of embarrassing snapshots of their past and a barrage of proposals of
pacification to see if there was a slight chance of reconciliation. The
male was all for it and even presented his partner with a diamond engagement
ring to show that his feelings were in earnest. With tears in his eyes
he really wanted to continue their relationship. Before 4 million viewers,
she refused. Three days later he slit her throat. The horror story opened
up Pandoras Box and a political debate on the banning of so called
reality shows on television. Despite the publicity of this
murder, the real issue at stake was that of male violence against women
in general that is rampant in Spain and elsewhere in the world. Statistics
show that thousands of women die at the hands of their partners every
year in the civilized world. But what is behind all this savagery of male
versus female in todays society? Has it been around for centuries
whereby man has always shown his superiority over woman, beating her if
necessary should she not satisfy his ego or his needs?
The answer is that we are experiencing a new trend manifested as female
superiority that is taking over the world and relegating the male
role to that of a simple sperm bearer and nothing else! As Professor Higgins
would say, we cannot stand it!
In the old days, man was the breadwinner and woman the child bearer and
housekeeper. Most men were not philanderers for two reasons. Other than
prostitutes, there werent many females around looking for a bit
on the side and secondly, they were working off their backsides making
ends meet to keep a family together. May sound old fashion but it was
the truth. Enter prosperity; as women began to demand more freedom, especially
in the workplace, so mans role began to diminish. More female students
in university transformed into a heavier number of professions being taken
up by women. They have now transformed the legal system (Spain has more
female judges than males), the armed forces, corporate boardrooms and
many other domains once held exclusively by men. And as they enter into
politics with brute force, they will create new laws protecting their
achievements. Equality is the name of the game!
So what about the future? Who knows, they might bring peace to this planet
once and for all. One thing is certain, women as leaders are more cautious
© James Skinner. December 2007.
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