Aphrodite and the backlash against female sexuality

Aphrodite is a difficult Goddess. She makes no apologies for that. Why should she?

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She’s not convenient, not politically correct, she doesn’t abide by society’s rules and guidelines. And I think the reason she is rising is because we need her, more than ever.

Women are becoming more powerful. Over the last 100 years we’ve gone from have few choices to even being world leaders. We lead countries and companies, we have our own television shows and our own story-writing empires. We top the music charts and the bestseller lists, and we raise families and stun the world with our sporting achievements.

There is nothing we cannot do.

But with these massive changes to the status of women has come the inevitable backlash. It had to happen, of course – because with the rise of any previous underclass there will always be a small proportion of their previous rulers who are unhappy with the change.

One of the primary forms this backlash is taking is an attack of female sexuality. So we’re seeing – in America in particular – “purity balls” and “reclaimed virginity” (absolutely ridiculous!), a vicious attempt by the religious right to put women, once again, back under the control of men.

We’re seeing “slut shaming” (Think Miley Cyrus – did you notice how little comment Robin Thicke got for his behaviour in the “twerking” incident?) and a widespread attack on women’s rights to choose regarding abortion and contraception.

All of this is inevitably doomed to failure. But that doesn’t mean its perpetrators aren’t going to do their best to try.

In response, Aphrodite rises, more powerfully than ever. We’re seeing battle lines being drawn – and, in my experience, you’re a fool if you try to take on a Goddess!

So we’re seeing, in response to these attacks on our sexuality (the domain of Aphrodite), “slut walks“, vocal appeals in support of rape victims, Steubenville-like fallouts (where men suddenly realise that the game is changing and the world no longer tolerates their behaviour), Roastbusters fallout (ditto), and real, open discussion about sexuality and consent becoming more common in families, in youth groups, and in schools.

Like the recent, massive improvements that are happening for equal marriage rights around the world, I believe it is easy to see which way these issues will inevitably, historically fall. Like I said, you’d have to be a real fool to take on a Goddess when she is on the move. And it is clear that Aphrodite is rising. The whole testing ground of women’s sexuality and our rights regarding our sex lives and our physiology are on the table now, up for debate, and it is clear which way the wind is blowing.

We’re living in interesting times.

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