The First Castration

The First Castration It occurs in mythology, near the very beginning of the cosmos. Mother Earth Gaea, gave birth to Uranus (Father Sky).  Just as Eve in the Bible married Adam, Gaea of the Greek Myths married Uranus. Upon the marraige, Gaea had Father Sky surround herself, so that she would provide a protected home for mortal beings. Their first children were monsters. First, there came three Hundred-Headed giants and then three Cyclops. Father Uranus didn’t take to them. In fact he feared and hated his children so much that he threw them deep into the darkest parts of the earth. Gaea felt betrayed. She loved her children. She wanted revenge. Nevertheless she hid her feelings from Uranus until she had borne her next group of children, the thirteen Titans. As the Titans were growing up, Gaea planned for her husband’s punishment. She honed a piece of flint into a large, sharp sickle, and kept it hidden until one day she approached her children and asked them to punish their father for being so cruel. Almost all of the Titans were so terrified of their father that they refused to obey her. But her youngest son, Cronos had inherited his father’s temperament, and said “If no one else will help you, Mother, I certainly will! If our father has been cruel to you and to our brothers, we should take revenge!” Later that night, when the chariot of the sun had crossed the sky, father Uranus joined his wife by the shore of the sea and lay down to sleep with her. Cronos appeared with the sickle. In one...

Defenders of the Faith

Child molesters like to place the responsibility for their acts on their victims. A common ploy to accomplish this is a threat. Sometimes the threat is delivered directly to the child: “If you tell anyone I’ll hurt your mommy.” But often the threat is sent in code, or delivered by proxy to a larger audience, a family, members of the faith and defenders of the faith. Because child molesters lack the ability to empathize with the child their identity is attached to something else… their sexual obsessions, a group of fellow molesters, an institution which nourishes and protects abusers and provides every kind of security for now and evermore. As such, the “naming” of an offender compels the group or institution to defend itself. We’re seeing this today in the Catholic Church. Molesters are inventive with their threats and the way they are delivered. Borrowing from cases of domestic violence, it is common for example for a wife-beater to injure or kill a family pet to set the tone. “Disobey me and this is what will happen to you.” The word’s need not be spoken. The violence itself is the message. “Do you want to see your grandmother left without someone to care for her?” Pedophiles don’t have to resort to violence to send their message. Some of their threats appeal to a child’s own identity, or sense of belonging, or their neediness: “Do you want to ruin the family name?” “Do you want people to call you a pervert?” “What would happen to you if I went away? If the family split up? If we lost everything?” “People...