Just how self-referential does an item have to be to be newsworthy, much less warrant a comment from anyone of serious mind? I was traipsing through my Facebook page today, and I ran across this piece of bitter and biting commentary.
It was entitled "Patriarchy Proverb," without authorship. This passage, this little internet meme, is like Lear's Fool, a caricature full of wisdom about the Catch-22s of modern behavioral modification, if one can look past the bitterness and conflict it both illustrates within the anonymous writer and intends to engender within the female reader.
This, uh, proverb passage refers to various things in the ideology of patriarchy:
Don't have sex. That's the Judeo-Christian religious part that says sex is only for making babies. The ideal of patriarchal religion is that sex should occur only when being used for procreation.
Otherwise, it might be FUN, and one thing the Bible God didn't say is that everlasting life was going to be FUN, you are going to be singing Holy Holy Holy Lord God of Hosts, etc. for eternity, IF you make the cut, which most people will not, under scriptural restrictions for occupancy in heaven.
Sex, and sexiness, sell. Sex is the oldest profession in the heterosexual world.
The Glass Ceiling has gotten quite porous for women. I don't know whether it truly still exists, in the face of an Angela Merkel or a Hillary Clinton. It likely is more of a problem for middle-level executive women. I do know one thing-- those two didn't get to be where they were by their sex appeal!
In fact, the woman with the most heterosexual sex appeal of all the pols, Sarah Palin, will surely experience the Glass Ceiling again if she makes a run at the presidency against the inevitable Hillary Clinton.
The last part refers to when the worst kind of men regress to being the worst kind of boys. Until then, the "proverb" sparsely encapsulated the institution of modern American patriarchy, with the "church" and a myriad of religious "authorities" pushing Puritanism, while advertising/entertainment are pushing hedonism and dissipation (along with male domination) in a modern world to which traditional religion has become in many ways irrelevant.
Then the voice talking to the Woman became a potential predator, not just one who would laugh about the fait accompli of his domination.
I don't think most men are like this, but I suppose the author had to complete the extended metaphor.