Historically the mysterious power of a woman’s vagina was believed to be so strong that simply possessing one equipped women with a great natural power source. In many cultures, the vagina has been revered as a powerful object; psychoanalyst Géza Róheim believed that “all magic is derived directly or indirectly from the female sexual organ”,[ii] while Pliny the Elder espoused the power of the vagina in Natural History where he wrote that: “There is no limit to the marvelous powers attributed to females. For, in the first place, hailstorms, they saw, whirlwinds, and lightning even, will be scared away by a woman uncovering her body while her monthly courses are upon her. The same, too, with all other kinds of tempestuous weather; and out at sea, a storm may be lulled by a woman uncovering her body, merely, even though not menstruating at the time. . . .
In The Story of V, feminist author Catherine Blackledge collects examples where the vagina is shown to have a apotropaic effect as she recounts how a traveller in North Africa recorded lions running scared from women who were lifting their skirts, how folkloric legends from Russia advocated female genital displays as a method to stave off bear attacks, and a seventeenth century European belief that raising one’s skirts could frighten off the devil himself.[v] Lions, bears and the devil represent some of the greatest fears of humanity; things that have the power to destroy humans and highlight human frailty and vulnerability, yet the mere sight of the female vagina had the power to vanquish them all.”
~ Dr. Emma Kumar, excerpt from Anasyrma: President Trump & The Power Of The Pussyhat
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