I love hippies … I just don’t always understand what they’re talking about. Case in point: an uber-New Age-y piece Alanis Morissette penned today on The Daily Beast about the “divine feminine.” Well, it’s sort of about how everyone needs to reconcile the “divine feminine” and the “divine masculine” within themselves and that will bring peace and harmony to the Earth. Or something.
Alanis starts by writing about how she made her Jagged Little Pill album in 1995 and especially thanks to the smash hit “You Oughta Know,” she was thrust onto the national stage as the voice for young women. The ’90s were actually a not-entirely-terrible time to be a female artist (although she doesn’t mention it, Riot Grrrl was in full swing) and most notably, women’s music/books/movies/art/etc. seemed to be resonating with men as well as women. Men started to kinda embrace the feminine.
This is what the world needs more of now, Alanis writes:
The embodiment of the empowered feminine and masculine, in theory, would “show up” in people who possess varying degrees of both qualities. The most important part being that what we had on our hands was less a gender war, and more of a resistance to the masculine or feminine within each of us.
I get a little lost with what she’s saying about the “war on women,” but what I think Alanis is saying is that the source of “war” is actually fighting against the duality of masculine and feminine in each of us. (It’s probably true that people who hate women and gays are actually afraid of the feminine/queer parts within themselves.) She continues:
[I]t’s the disempowerment of the masculine and the fear of the feminine in us that is patriarchy. The fear of this delicate and fierce feminine has more to do with our fear of being vulnerable again, getting hurt again, than it does by our actual distaste for the beauty of the feminine and Her qualities. But our avoidance and resistance to Her is torturing men and women alike, and tearing apart the fabric of what could be a very harmonious society.
As sensible as all this sounds, I’m not sure how this spiritual stuff about the “divine masculine/feminine” can be practically applied in the real world, because it will go over a lot of people’s heads. People would need to be in touch with the feminine and masculine parts of themselves in the first place (and some people, I suppose, would resent that they even need to divide those parts up in the first place). So … I’m kinda confused.
Maybe I just need to consult with some crystals, though.
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