Humans love myths. Without it, perhaps, it would be impossible to live in society. Almost everything that defines the structure of a human community is related to the concepts that shape our beliefs. A group to live well, at least in theory, must believe in the same ideas, the pillars that underpin the basis of their coexistence; they must accept the concepts that make the social balance: money, gods, private property, politics, education, etc.
Of course, this is all very beautiful when you see it written in a text. Because reality never resembles our imagination. I’m glad that is very true.
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“You will learn only the necessary,” said Marcela’s father. The girl, who studied at a college of nuns, could study, but there was a limit that should be respected. It was the nineteenth century, so maybe that was normal. In the movie, Elisa & Marcela, directed by Isabel Coixet, 2019, the plot drew my attention to female creativity. At that time (perhaps a long time ago before that), it was believed that women did not need many studies, because somehow it would be a waste of time since it would not do much good.
Female creativity was a mystery. A dark one. So it was best to keep it locked behind a thick stone wall, able to contain that roar.
I know I can’t talk about women. It’s not my place of speech.
Yes, a man has no authority to talk about the world of women. But, as a man, I can talk about the world of men, where it was built that wall.
The Women’s World Cup convinced me of something. It’s amazing to see how girls have evolved into their sporting art. The loveliest thing is to see how the scene does not look like the one we see every day in thousands of grassy rectangles all over the world. Males burning testosterone in combat, like gladiators, vying for control of a round object made of leather, which bears the logo of some famous brand. The initial courtesy, which is limited to a few handshakes and little smiles, quickly vanishes replaced by bumps and kicks. The game turns, and the rules almost lose their meaning.
I’m not saying that women play this sport better. I say only that, over time, they have overcome many limits, sophisticating their moves, increasing their physical capacity and technique, without losing their tenderness. The game flows. There is no excess of complaints and violence, at least not for me.
The women’s creativity always existed but has always been censored. Today, social media helps connect this mass of people who find inspiration in the most varied sources. The Internet has helped break down barriers, creating a spirit of unity between them.
The more doors open, the more feminine faces we see in the most different places. Credits of films, plays, books, and artistic productions. They are running more companies, political parties, cars, bicycles, classrooms, cities, states, and countries. Human beings who could only, in very recent past, “learn only the necessary”. The more books they read, without any censorship, the richer the mindset of our society becomes. The absence of women in positions of authority, especially in sciences, only delayed the human journey.
They stayed too long serving only for filling in a society made of plush. They were there to support and give shape, but the merits and privileges, in the end, were outside.
It may seem tragic, I know, but even today, women are ridiculed, in many ways, for fighting for more equality.
While watching a PBS documentary about the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft sent to explore the planet Saturn, I was amazed by the number of women on the team who had been in charge of the project for 30 years. A stark contrast to that men-infested image of Apollo mission control team. The more books, the more freedom. The more freedom, the more creative roaming around, filling this world with ideas.
We’ve never seen so many women at the Oscars. It can improve, of course. But, we are in a direction that I consider very interesting.
Female creativity was stifled for millennia. Historically, since the caves, it has been believed that they look better when taking care of the home environment. Out of this scenario, the world is in danger, because the food will not be cleaned and cooked, making babies and males complain. Hence, hungry warriors are not able to defend the interests of the tribe. Feed your male and guarantee peace, would say some “wise” old man.
Many writers had to use pseudonyms to be published. Even today, this can be seen. Some people still believe that J. K. Rowling is not a woman.
“And you, Helena Ferrante, are you a man too?!”
The relationship between Elisa and Marcela in Spain at the end of the nineteenth century was very dangerous; so much that Elisa had to cross-dress like a man, assuming the identity of a dead cousin, to be able to marry Marcela. The film tells the true story of the first same-sex marriage made by the Catholic Church. Both suffered harsh penalties and paid high prices to defend a love that almost no one understood.
Feminine creativity does not have to resemble masculine’s to be called creativity. Difficulties have helped in various ways to mobilize them, over time, to break down barriers, dodging rules, and find gaps to emancipate themselves. Many women have assumed the male perspective to open doors and create opportunities. But what really made the difference is that they found their originality as people, as human beings, showing what they really have, without copies or models. Human beings are creative, regardless of gender, when they are genuinely authentic.
Men still seem to believe in the myth of the cave, when they were still responsible for the tribe’s hunting and safety. Things have changed. Women have proven they are open to novelty too, promoting incredible revolutions throughout history.
That gave them more and more space in society, without their peers perceiving; because they were too busy fighting for the size of their obelisks.
Women are cooperatives and think about the future. That alone is enough to destroy the foundations of any society that believes only in the pure and simple meritocracy, in the myth of the dominant genre, which is based only on what we can see, and the immediate results.
“Women are not creative”: this is a myth!
The more visibility they reach, the more they inspire other women around the world. The chain effect has revealed an increasing number of girls willing to show their potential without fear of criticism. With real freedom to learn, excellent sources to research and appropriate encouragement, the history of female creativity is being radically changed. Of course, this is good for any human being. But for those who have suffered for millennia, under the myth of being fragile, incompetent, inferior, incomplete, and incapable, it has become the ideal fuel for creating new meanings capable of killing a totally unnecessary myth.