Monday, November 12, 2007
Mina Loy, "Feminist Manifesto"
[Image: Joseph Cornell, Portrait of Mina Loy
It's interesting to me that Loy rejects the notion that woman is equal to man. Her outcry rejects the most fundamental argument of most feminist beliefs in the fight for equal rights. She defines men and women as enemies, not equals, in the fight for dominance in society. She says, "...be brave and deny at the outset that pathetic clap-trap warcry, 'Woman is the equal of man.' She is not" (259). Do you think that men and women are inherently equal and able to hold positions of power or are they truly unequal in a never-ending battle for respect and responsibility?
Loy claims that women need to become desexualized and unlovable in order to achieve a power role, saying that "Woman must destroy in herself the desire to be loved" (260). This suggests that only when emotion is removed from male-female relationships can an adequate attempt be made by women to gain respect and power. Do you think that women have to assume non-sexual role and avoid loving relationships in order to assume power roles? Or can woman attain power and demand respect while remaining a sexual object of man?
Loy states that "The fictitious value of woman as identified with her physical purity is too easy a standby" (260). She believes that, though sexual attraction needs to be removed from relationships in order for women to advance to dominant positions, sex itself is not a bad thing- it should be regarded as a necessity to continue humanity and not have emotional attachment. She says that "...there is nothing impure in sex... The eventual acceptance of this fact will constitute and incalculably wider social regeneration than it is possible for our generation to acquire" (261). Do you think that men and women can share positions of power while engaging in sexual intercourse without emotional attachment or is it simply impossible to separate sex and emotional attachment, especially for women?
[Posted By Andy Murphy]
Posted by Jared at 11:10 AM