In this article, we will delve into the effects of patriarchal fallacies on women and society, focusing on the problems caused by the structure of patriarchal thinking and the resulting gender inequality. We will explore how toxic thought patterns created by gender norms poison people’s lives and drive society towards collapse.
The Poisoning of Society within Patriarchal Fallacies
Women living in the shadow of patriarchal fallacies and inequalities also become part of a societal poisoning process as they raise their children. Injustice is one of the most significant factors that can undermine a society. The fundamental need of a society is built upon the ability to live together and mutual support. However, when these rules are focused solely on the benefit of one gender, the other is oppressed and unhappy. When one side is unhappy, collective happiness cannot be achieved.
Patriarchal Fallacies and the Problems They Encompass
Patriarchal fallacies encompass concepts such as competition, excessive speed, productivity, perfectionism, and judgment based on outward appearance. The feminine and masculine aspects, referred to as “Anima” and “Animus” by Carl Jung, come along with the evolution of genders. These inner aspects possess suppressed opposing energies in the subconscious. To establish this balance, one must reconcile the contradictions in their subconscious.
Social Consequences and Spiritual Depression
Maintaining this balance is not always easy in the modern world and amid the challenges we face. To gain acceptance within society, individuals often deviate from their true selves, poisoning their essence in the process. These imbalances are seen as “Anima poisoning” in men and “Animus poisoning” in women. This leads to spiritual depression, non-productivity, idleness, lack of love, and eventually a collapse.
According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, depression ranks second after cardiovascular diseases.
Prof. Dr. Allan Young states that the risk of an individual developing a mental disorder in their lifetime is approximately 25%. However, women are twice as likely to suffer from depression compared to men.
One reason for this increased risk is that women struggle to express their feminine essence in an increasingly masculine world. Women not only fail to live their authentic femininity but also suppress their essence to survive and establish themselves in a masculine world, affecting all aspects of their lives, especially their nervous systems.
- More than 10% of pregnant and postpartum women suffer from depression.
- During pregnancy, there is a 35% increase in depression cases.
- Postpartum depression rates have increased by 30%, according to the World Health Organization.
- There has been an up to 80% increase in antidepressant use, according to the World Health Organization.
Frequencies of Fear and Love
As Eric Fromm pointed out, “Unlived lives are the foundation of all the world’s wars and evils.” But why can’t these lives be lived? What is preventing us from living them? Within humans, there exist positive emotions like love, joy, peace, and satisfaction, but fear is destructive and dominant. Fear mixes frequencies and disrupts balance. When we fear losing control, we give power to the masculine side. However, control should be achieved through the contribution and harmony of both sides. While fear creates hesitation, love inspires action.
Women’s Health and Issues
- Today, 30% of the global female population struggles with chronic physical ailments.
- According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 15% increase in female infertility worldwide. Approximately 15% of the reproductive-age population, roughly 80 million couples, face issues with getting pregnant.
- A distressing fact emerges concerning breastfeeding: 2 out of 3 children cannot receive breast milk for 6 months.
- In 2020 alone, 2.3 million women had to grapple with a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer compared to men.
- Cervical cancer diagnoses have been given to 520,000 women worldwide.
- The majority of women, 87.7%, experience common menopausal symptoms globally.
- According to the World Health Organization, one in twelve women experiences early menopause before the age of 45.
- In Middle Eastern and Asian countries, over 200 million young girls and women are reported to suffer from female genital mutilation, according to WHO.
- Underdeveloped countries witness a 50% increase in pregnancies among girls aged 15-19.
- Furthermore, the risk of death due to pregnancy among women in underdeveloped countries is 130 times higher than in developed countries.
Women need to better understand their bodies and fertility. Modern medicine tends to view bodies as diseases and intervenes in natural processes. However, as women grasp the fertility process, they can become more connected with their bodies. Moreover, holistic approaches that support women’s health should be adopted.
Patriarchal fallacies pose significant problems for women and society. These fallacies can lead to gender inequality, mental depression, health issues, and societal collapse. To overcome gender inequality and make society more just and balanced, it is necessary to question and change the patriarchal thought structure. Additionally, women should strive to better understand their bodies and health and adopt supportive approaches. This challenging transformation process is an essential step toward a better future for society.