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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.

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

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.
leaf_collector 7th-Dec-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
I feel like she's trying to meet teh menz 1/2 way (if that makes sense?), but it's like, "ok, that's nice and all.... But when are teh mez going to do that?"
edit (again): but I also get the impression she's trying to say "this is not just an issue for women, it fundamentally effects men too, duh." Maybe she took the 'mother earth route' because that's how she relates to will idk. sorry for the edits, i have all these feels.

Edited at 2012-12-07 02:10 am (UTC)
ms_maree 7th-Dec-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's a nice sentiment, it's poetic and I get the appeal. But personally, I don't like being defined as a 'window to a man's heart' because I'm not interested in being involved with men. Men are not the centre of my universe and I do not expect men, or any man to see me as the centre of the universe. I'm just me.

I'm probably articulating it wrong.
leaf_collector 7th-Dec-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
I think you're articulating it very well, actually. As you said, the sentiment is nice, applied to a broader picture of love/completion/equality/something-idk... even though in itself, it's problematic in a lot of ways.
cindyanne1 7th-Dec-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
I think she's trying to say that men should let women be free to be themselves, because women who are themselves can be more of a true partner to the men... so the men are in fact cheating themselves of a true partner experience if they demean or devalue women.

I think that's what she's trying to say. And in one sense I agree. I just don't like the idea that a man needs me to be or act a certain way for him to suddenly wake up and be a decent person. I don't think Jada is saying that per se, but it can be interpreted that way.
kitanabychoice 7th-Dec-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Your first paragraph is how I interpreted this. I agree that the message is kind of convoluted, but I agree with the sentiment that men are cheating themselves of equal partners by participating in misogyny.
maynardsong 7th-Dec-2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly this. And that's why I said what I said way up thread.
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