Not only are women responsible for controlling men’s sexuality, now women are responsible for the natural movements of the earth. What power women have! No wonder some men are so interested in keeping women oppressed. They might find the ground under their feet open up and sallow them whole if they don’t keep women “in their place”, covered up and in the home.
Western feminists have long advocated for the freedom for women to wear what they want. It seems such a silly preoccupation, what with all the war and poverty and illness and real material deprivation that plagues many people throughout the world, but it certainly speaks to the power imbued in the body of a woman.
What is this power? The power to do what? Apart from influencing the movement of tectonic plates, the real “power” that a woman holds in her body is in her ability to attract the male gaze. Some men like looking at women. I’d venture that a lot of men like looking at women. And many women like having men look at them. However, it’s not something that women can control, the way men look at them, and women have to learn to negotiate and navigate those situations where the male gaze is unwanted and in some cases even dangerous.
But maybe these earthquakes are happening for another reason. It could very well be that the earthquakes are in response to men being unable to control themselves and where they look when they look at a woman. It could be Mother Nature’s response to the way women are treated everywhere. It would seem natural that Mother Nature would have a certain sympathy to her earthly sisters. As ridiculous as these might sound, they are no more crazy than what this cleric has to say.
Personally, I hope this guy keeps talking, keeps spewing his ridiculous beliefs about the power of women to cause earthquakes. I just shake my head and laugh, point it out to my friends and bring up at my next dinner party, as a “can you imagine…” remark. I am fortunate to be able to express this response. But when I think of the women in this man’s culture, a tear comes to my eye and I say a silent prayer to my Mother Nature to open the ground beneath his feet and swallow him whole.