Men are the carpenters creating a child out of the wood supplied by women. Of even greater significance in Aristotelian thought is that semen also transmits the soul. Men, therefore, pass on the very essence of humanity. ” By this statement, we generally come to know what is the conventional attitude is. Men are always considered as a subject and women an object. This woman is always denied by the subjectivity, autonomy, and creativity, both socially and culturally. And actually, these are the major things for being human. Thus the status of subjectivity is always accorded to man in patriarchal society.
But this attitude has changed now. Now a day the new opinion has been put forward by many critics that both eggs and sperms play an equally important role. Here along with the sleeping beauty, I would like to point out a poem which according to me is quite suitable for the discussion. In “ Leda and the Swan” the poet W. Yeats has very effectively set up the image of a typical conventional woman in form of Leda. He shows how Leda has been helpless before the vigorous and aggressive power of Zeus in the guise of a swan.
How does she have been raped? In the biological term, the swan is like sperm and Leda is the symbol of the female egg which is supposed to be easily conquered and helpless. We cannot actually say that Leda (the female egg)He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. ” (Page 216, “ Leda & the Swan, ” “ Collected Poems” Leda and the Swan is the transition of male aggressive intensity to a female vague. In cases of sleeping beauty, it is not an oppression of a man by a woman.
But though the story of Leda and the Swan is very romantic, it is, after all, a rape, A rape which is done by the aggressive sperm (Swan or Zeus or the male figure), on the egg (Leda or the female figure). The victory on the female body either by love or by rape is there since ancient time and we cannot say that the society has changed its attitude towards women. The oppression, the harassment of the human body is there in the modern world also.
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