RIGHT OF A FEMINIST

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RIGHT OF A FEMINIST

One day long ago ,the the father of psychoanalysis would right a paper stating that women had what was called "penis envy " . Sigmund Freud would go on to that women ,or rather "people assigned female at birth  " developed deep feelings of envy when they realised that they hadn't been born with the precious organ ,but rather a shrunken form (the clitoris) And this ,he would say ,was that led women to spend their lives seeking to possess the one thing they weren't born with and why marriage was a great achievement to the fairer sex because it meant that they now owned  the coveted organ .

And that , ladies and gentlemen ,was the first educated definition of feminism by a man . That definition satisfied manyat that time , but even among sheep ,there is always a rebel .Enter Karen horney .How horney who is considered the mother of modern feminism wasn't your typical 20th century woman .She was a trained doctor who passionately studied Sigmund's work .So fascinated she was that she had taken some classes in psychoanalysis .But when the "penis envy" paper came out ,she would take to task her hero.And she would carry  out studies just to back up her theory.She knew that one couldn't  go up against an institution without some background work . Eventually , she came up with a new theory ; the  "womb envy" , she called it .

Her theory explained that it really wasn't that women wanted so much to be men ,but that men intact felt inferior to the women because they couldn't nurture or birth life . That they recognised what power women held and thus borrowing heavily from the 15th law of power ,. 'Crush thy  enemy',   they sought to crush the women's spirit.

"When one begins ,as I did ,to analyse men after a fairly long experience of analysing women , one receives a most  surprising impression of the intensity of this envy of pregnancy childbirth , and motherhood, as well as of breasts and of the act of suckling ," she wrote well, you may have an inkling of how this story ends .The paper earned her some serious opposition , and for her troubles ,Horney was kicked out of the psychoanalytic institute .But not one to take defeat easily , she went ahead and founded her own institute.

With the murky history of feminism,it is little wonder then that when the word 'Feminism 'comes up in everyday conversation ,it is usually in a negative connotation .It evokes an image of a man-hating ,bra - burning woman ready to obliterate all men into nothingness .In fact ask  any man if they are  feminist,and I can assure you that 96 per cent of the time , you will be drawn into a long  winded story  of how women want to be men. Then two per cent will simply say yes and the remaining two per cent will say "I am not a  feminist but"

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