Nine* Points on Men’s Terror of Women

  1. I’m thinking about getting kicked off Facebook for posting a picture of Carolee Schneemann’s 1975 MoMA-owned and exhibited signature work of art, “Interior Scroll.”
  2. If men menstruated; five-will-get-you-ten that menstruation would be lionized; men would be allowed to wear manly red-armbands monthly and patches of burning ships; we’d get a stripe hatch mark tattoo for every period. We’d see ourselves as mighty trees. We’d Walk the Line. There might be museums for us; lauding power of male reproductive system to clean itself and produce power. Men would be seen as cosmic, elemental, mighty spirits.
  3. What is it about women and blood and openings that so terrify male culture? That make the idea of biological blood abject, bad, taboo.
  4. That makes even posting a picture of a woman reading a scroll that might have been inside her body; reading it like Runes and Hieroglyphics; like a new set of worldly ordinances — a work of art considered a masterpiece — why would a work of art like this be worthy of being kicked off Social Media?
  5. Maybe it’s that men do not actually believe they HAVE BODIES (except when we shave); that men get up in their heads, invent idiot idea-shit like Platonism — places of Purity and Rules and Order or Ralph Nader (I want to say Bernie but I won’t) or crawl into trying to govern uteruses kill a woman if she has involuntarily “experienced” another man’s genitals?
  6. This isn’t about censorship to me; I could give a shit about testing boundaries like that. I see 100x more everyday on other people’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagrams.
  7. I didn’t even post the Carolee Schneemann as an Image on my Facebook Wall. It was in a long thread about uses and processes of paint — after images of Richard Serra and Lynda Benglis pouring paint.
  8. Are women and their interior lives that terrifying to those in power? To men? Why? Why?
  9. Are male reflexes shot?

(Originally posted on Instagram.)

*Note: Nine is a Four Letter Word and more Schneemann at MoMA.)

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