What is rape?
What is rape? I would say that this is one of the darkest consequences of the over expression and over manifestation of the uncontrolled masculine principle in the society from a long period of time. A society and a world structure which had considered women, womanhood and the feminine principle inferior to men and the masculine principle from thousands of years is the primary reason for this heinous act of crime against humanity which even exists today.
What is rape: The real truth
We need to be really aware of this truth. Till a few centuries back, rape, physical abuse and mental abuse were the primary tools utilized by humanity to suppress and subdue the women and womanhood. Women were made to live as second class citizens throughout the world for many-many centuries without any active role in public life or for that matter they even did not have much control of their own private life.
What is rape: The curse of the patriarchal society
A patriarchal society had always sought to control women in every way that was possible. This suited their interests and the behavioral pattern manifested by them in terms of power, control, manipulations, exploitations, discriminations, racism, hatred & and unabashed individualization. Rape and violence against women was used as an instrument for mass control and power during war and peace across civilizations.
Though much has changed in last 100 years but still the same patriarchal society exists with the same structure based on power, control, manipulations, exploitations, discriminations and unabashed individualization which does not care for others and that’s why we can see the mess that the world is in. Overtly it seems much has changed. There have been waves of feminist movements across the world in the last 100 years with great achievements. But the real structure which created the inequality and bias against womanhood and the feminine principle still exist in the collective psyche of society. That’s why heinous crimes like rape are still seen even in the most civilized part of the world also. Given a chance, still that devilish instinct comes out whenever possible. Let it be the Abu Ghraib prisons case where Iraqi women were tortured and raped, or the Scarlett Eden Keeling rape and murder case in Goa or the countless incidents of rape, torture and violence that takes place in many-many counties the world over.
What is rape: Change in thinking
Creating laws against this kind of heinous crime is not enough. There is a need for bringing a profound shift in the mental attitude of the society to root out this curse in the society. Basically the need of the hour is to make people understand that there is a great balance between the feminine and masculine principles in the universe and this balance has been systematically destroyed by the patriarchal society. The society needs to change its flawed thinking where the feminine is considered inferior, weak and subordinate to the masculine. This thinking is the primary seed for a heinous crime like rape where actually the psychological satisfaction of power and control is what that is sought by the rapist apart from the devilish physical lust that is satisfied at the expense of the other person. Most of the times after rape, murder is committed to hide the crime and so one heinous crime leads to another.
What is rape: Being aware of the situation and confronting it openly
Let’s not hide these issues under the carpet. Let’s really face the truth. Society has not really reconciled with the universal truth of equality in importance of the feminine and masculine principle. Still in the deep psyche of the society the acceptance has not taken place. That’s why we can see the patriarchal society still surviving in today’s world. Look around and we can see that all the established structures of the society are still patriarchal in nature. Religion, Government, Business and every other structure in the society works through the patriarchal philosophy of control and domination by the few on the rest of the humanity. That’s why we don’t see much value in society for concepts like universal love, compassion, nurturing and generative movement of the society based on the principle of unification.
What is rape: Change is needed in the society which is based on power and control
We see selfish individualism, power politics, manipulations and exploitations in every sphere of the society whether it is at the level of an individual, society, country or the world at large. So when we ask a question like what is rape, the answer would be that it is one of the most extreme manifestations of the patriarchal attitude of control and subjugation of the feminine and womanhood. That is, "what is rape".
What is rape: Correction of the psychological anomaly
We need to work for the total eradication of the existing psychological anomaly which is based on control and subjugation of the feminine. This is needed for bringing in a new world order based on gender equality. The fundamental solution towards this direction is to primarily increase the awareness among the people as well actively engage in creation of a new order based on the rise of womanhood and the feminine principle. That will be the only long term solution that is practical and that is needed to eradicate crimes against humanity like rape.
Article by Sanjay Nair
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