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Jada Pinkett Smith: The War on Men Through the Degradation of Woman

3:37 pm - 12/06/2012
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How is man to recognize his full self, his full power through the eye’s of an incomplete woman? The woman who has been stripped of Goddess recognition and diminished to a big ass and full breast for physical comfort only. The woman who has been silenced so she may forget her spiritual essence because her words stir too much thought outside of the pleasure space. The woman who has been diminished to covering all that rots inside of her with weaves and red bottom shoes.

I am sure the men, who restructured our societies from cultures that honored woman, had no idea of the outcome. They had no idea that eventually, even men would render themselves empty and longing for meaning, depth and connection. There is a deep sadness when I witness a man that can’t recognize the emptiness he feels when he objectifies himself as a bank and truly believes he can buy love with things and status. It is painful to witness the betrayal when a woman takes him up on that offer. He doesn’t recognize that the create of a half woman has contributed to his repressed anger and frustration of feeling he is not enough. He then may love no woman or keep many half women as his prize. He doesn’t recognize that it’s his submersion in the imbalanced warrior culture, where violence is the means of getting respect and power, as the reason he can break the face of the woman who bore him four children. When woman is lost, so is man. The truth is, woman is the window to a man’s heart and a man’s heart is the gateway to his soul.

Power and control will NEVER out weigh love.

May we all find our way.
J



Originally discovered on the blog Make me a Sammich: On Being a Woman in the USA, but was originally posted Dec. 1, via Jada's Facebook
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OP: I really enjoyed this, poignant, short, powerful... Love the picture especially, how Will and their daughter are visible; you can clearly see the support she has, and I just love it. X-posted to ONTD; sorry to the mods for the first failed entry submission, this new format is killing me.
poetic_pixie_13 7th-Dec-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Sooooooooo, just fyi, to whom it may concern: Please pause before commenting and think about whether you're about to White Opinion all over this post.

Sometimes my feminism* manifests in my worry about the men and boys in my life. At how double-standards and fucked up ideas of masculinity, strength and power hurt them and keep them from truly living and loving. Ain't no shame in that. If you don't identify with that it's fine. But when our men and boys, who aren't free of the other isms in the world that crush and control us, are hurting there's nothing wrong with speaking out against it. It's only an issue when we are expected to limit ourselves in order to uplift~ those men so they can feel the freedom that society denies them. Cause that only plays into the white man's idea that freedom can only be gained by denying it to others. Trough subjugation and fear, not respect and love.

*(and in the context of this conversation I feel super weird/uncomfortable calling it feminism/my feminism)

That being said, I really could've done without the "The truth is, woman is the window to a man’s heart and a man’s heart is the gateway to his soul." Cause the only window to a man's heart is that man's mind. I'm not his caretaker, mother or Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Also, I'mma just copypasta what Jada said in response to people giving her shit when Willow cut her hair cause it makes me happy.

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don't belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It's also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother's deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be. More to come. Another day.

Edited at 2012-12-07 03:57 am (UTC)
yeats 7th-Dec-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
thank you for this comment. (also, for posting the bit about willow's hair!)
leaf_collector 7th-Dec-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
This amazing comment.
devetu 7th-Dec-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
ia.
lanwut 7th-Dec-2012 08:25 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful comment and a much needed reminder :)
lickbrains 7th-Dec-2012 10:06 am (UTC)
Totally remember her response and it'll stick with me always. Flawless comment btw.
blueboatdreams 7th-Dec-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
All of this!
crossfire 7th-Dec-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Amazing as always.
betray802 8th-Dec-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, my fuck, the SHIT my mother got from my father's mother and older sister when she lopped off about 80% of my previously-long hair when I was nine. They were convinced that having short hair meant people would mistake me for a boy (I'd had pierced ears, but I'd let them close up) and that I'd no longer even want to be a girl. "You know what that sort of thing can lead to!"
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