posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 10:20 AM
This idea is tied up with the old notion that women can be incredibly wrathful. The use of a knife in this forumulation is also interesting, as far
as knifes are used for castration too. Perhaps thats a stretch though.
But the idea that women are powerfully wrathful beings that need to be controlled is an old one. Look at all the women gods in the really ancient
forumulations of religion, they're destructive. Athena has her aegis that makes people tremble, ishtar crashes into the underworld, medusa turns men
to stone, and ceres turns the entire world into a dark frigid winter when she doesn't get her way, and hera is the proto-typical calculating wife.
In the Iliad, thetis if able to manipulate all the olympic god's out of their fear of her wrath, and the furies themselves are
So many of these things, like burkhas, while pretending to be 'in the best interests of women' are attempts to prevent that knife whipping wrath
that you allude to in the above.