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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.
blueboatdreams 7th-Dec-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of a book I'm reading about black masculinity in our mass media, imperialist patriarchal masculine world. It's called "We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity" by bell hooks (an amazing writer). It's incredibly insightful on how black men relate to the world around them in a culture where they are "all body and no mind", where it is about the physical power of man rather than the power of his mind. In this sense, Jada is right when she talks about the warrior culture we live in.

"Certainly as long as black people buy into the notion of patriarchal manhood, which says real men are all body and no mind, black boys whoa are cerebral, who want to read and who love books will risk being ridiculed as not manly. Certainly television representations of the studious black male in comedic sitcoms (for example Urkel on Family Matters) suggest that the studious black male is a freak, a monster."

I think this is an important quote to highlight because our society does encourage young black boys not to engage in reading and critical thinking when these are the pathways to ultimate enlightenment.

In some ways, I think what Jada writes about comes from the white patriarchal idea that woman should be a support role for man, when really man should find his own enlightenment through education and critical thinking.
lantean_breeze 7th-Dec-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with this. And to add to the point about a man with all body and no mind, someone upstream here mentioned that they see the way to a man's heart as through his mind. Well, if he's been trained to shut his mind off, then what can we find in his heart? Therein lies the problem.

Thank you for the book recommendation. I will give it a look. :)
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