Not being a Christian, but discovering just how politically and culturally I am invested in Christianity (and so perhaps I ought to become one—I’m not sure), the subject of “the curse” on Eve has come up recently.
I don’t personally consider this notion to be unique to any particular religion in terms of the nature of femininity. Moreover, I do look at the picture differently than say the average Christian.
The way I see it is that when analyzing the differences between femininity and masculinity, a male person might look at and pity the masculine deficiencies of women. This might inspire chivalry, say, or even identification, or elevation, or “equalization” of women. It is almost a given when it comes to a marginal or immature man with regard to the Oedipus Complex that women would be looked upon this way, as creatures “victimized” by Patriarchy and God.
Whereas having a “curse” on her by God pretty well assures that any man with such a notion of rescuing womanhood will be seen as having hubris, and the inevitable disaster which ensues, eventually, as the trend fully matures (i.e., Feminism) can be looked back upon as hubris with regard to the individuals (men that is) who decided to elevate womanhood to be “equal” to man. The only way to destroy this psychological device of “curse” is to destroy the notion of God such as to be an Atheist.
In my view, there is no “equal.” There cannot possibly be “equal” such that in fact every attempt to elevate womanhood to the level of man (or suppress if one is a gynocentrist) will inevitably result in societal downfall, eventually, regardless of whether that “equalization” is benevolent or maleficent. Just like the “equivalence” of benevolence and maleficence, attempts to monkey around with it results in destruction. This is the mathematical, psychological, demographical inevitability a.k.a. Apocalypse.
My “problem” is that I don’t see it as a “curse”. I think it’s a blessing. Specifically, I think God loves women as much as God loves men, however, the expression of that love is not “Equal” in the eyes of most human beings, because, most human beings do not have the attention span, time horizon, historical reference, etc., in order to be able to fully comprehend Love not to mention God. Trends management and prediction is the business of both the internet and the stock market. The longer one’s time horizon, and ability to weather volatility, the more likely one is to come out on top and otherwise owning everything.
Such is the conundrum with regard to “the curse”. Since women don’t know what they want and men don’t know what women want, why not give women self-determination? Uh. Better not! But isn’t self-determination Love? Only if one is talking about a man. Of course, some level of self-determination is necessarily afforded to women, particularly in the absence of men; but, there’s such a thing as too much. From the vantage point of a man or privileged woman, this notion is very difficult to fully comprehend. Does not “the pursuit of happiness” require self-determination? My answer is, not if one is a woman.
What kind of diabolical regressive creature am I to call this a feature not a bug? I’ll tell you. I am a woman who has not been protected from the darkest forces of evil but yet, somehow, God decided that I should live. I believe this is my purpose, to declare that to be a woman, and to be subordinate to a man in terms of even self-determination is not a curse but rather an expression of God’s Love. By being subordinated, I am free to Love and Obey. How could that not be a gift?
However, if a man wants to destroy another man, eventually, or his entire bloodline, eventually, one way to do that is to elevate his women, such as to offer them a fruit from the tree of knowledge. Once she eats it she will believe that her sheltered “goodness” is wisdom. This starts an inexorable chain of events.