Four Levels of Women

Just the other day I realized I have been so obsessed with creating iPhone art that I haven’t written any fiery musings about politics, strange religious movements, same-sex marriage, or even arrogant bastards in quite some time (yes, these are links to past blog posts if you are interested).

Since the political atmosphere of late seems to focus on all things related to women, I have decided to jump in on the conversation and use some of my iPhone art purely for illustrative purposes.

Women are of course as varied, unique and complicated as any other creature on this planet, but for today’s purposes, I plan to explore four levels of women.

The first being the “Geisha.” We have all of course been awe-struck by the beauty of the Geisha girl in movies and on television. However, the history of the Geisha is not so pretty. Though most were entertainers, poets and writers, the majority were held in slavery and many served as prostitutes. Their life was focused on one thing; to bring pleasure to men. They never spoke without being spoken to nor did they ever disobey a man.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Geisha" - Apps used: vintage cam, flowpaper, juxtaposer, filter mania, photoforge2

There seem to be many Geisha-like women existing in our country today. Most have been swept up into right-wing conservative or fundamental religions that preach antiquated doctrine which states the man is always ruler over a woman. And a “woman of God” is a subservient one.

Though these women are not physically bound by slavery, they are being held by the power of a belief system that appears to be picking and choosing verses exclusively for the benefit of men.

Not all women are subjects of religious tyranny. Some are simply silenced by the misogynistic men they have chosen to accompany through life.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "She Lost Her Head" - Apps used: camera+, juxtaposer, iris, pixlromatic, modern grunge

These are the women who have lost their own thoughts, their own voices, their own independence, after years of unending verbal and or physical abuse. These women become the doormats of overpowering male bastards who want nothing more than to dominate and control.

I feel sad for these women and I implore them to dig deep inside themselves and find a way to get out, now…

But there is one level of women these right-wing conservative control freaks and these misogynistic idiots, seem to be overlooking. These are the women who have had enough of the caveman-like attitudes who are attempting to keep them in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. These are the fired up, politically savvy, more than just pissed off multitudes who won’t sit quietly on the sidelines any longer. These are the women who fight on the front line, who use their voices loudly, who will cast countless votes against the barbarians whose desire is to squash their inimitable power.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "We Are Woman Hear Us Roar" - Apps used: vintage cam, pixlromatic, filter mania, photo studio

These are the glass ceiling breakers. These are the women who will rise up and vote. These are the women who will march en mass through the streets of our nation while making a very loud and angry noise. These are the women who will roar and make a difference for the future of their daughters.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. "Moon Angel" - Apps used: vintage cam, filter mania, art wings, snapseed, scratchcam, photoforge2

Many in this country have a decidedly sexist view of a strong woman. When a woman speaks her mind she is labelled a “bitch.” A man doing the same would be called “strong” or “admirable.” When a woman rises to the top in business or politics and raises a ruckus for the rights of other women she is labelled a “feminist.” When a man rises to the top in business or politics he is labelled a “success.”

This has to change. Women have been fighting this battle for far too long. But there is hope.

A strong, peaceful woman is a woman who always follows her convictions and states her mind without fear of being silenced by a man with control issues. Always believing in ourselves and the strength and beauty we have to offer this world is the attitude that will send us over the moon, forever rising up to the top to the place that was meant for us since the beginning of time.

It does not matter what kind of woman you are or at what level you currently exist. All women have the potential to be great women. Women of conscious, of great strength, of great and equal power.

About tracyth76

I am a professional photographer, obsessed iPhoneographer, freelance writer and website designer located in Northern, California. View all posts by tracyth76

4 responses to “Four Levels of Women

  • madgesw

    Beautifully said with wonderful photos. When I traveled to Japan I had the privilege of meeting and talking to two Geisha’s , one retired and one active. They see it very differently and as a status symbol. They are now highly educated by their house mothers (the real source if there is any
    abuse) and actually get more from life than they would have if they stayed in the life they were born into. They can leave anytime and become successful in some instances or marry their men (they hope and wish for this). It is so different than the older days. Now it all depends on the house mother who picks them and how much they owe to her for all the expenses in getting them to the highest level of geishadom. I found it fascinating. It is a dying art form and soon will just fade away because the true Geisha’s were not prostitutes and usually didn’t sleep with their men but really were entertainers who were well versed in lots of varied arts. Now it is driven by the house mothers and it all depends on how well you get along and what kind of jobs she gets for you and how you pay her back for the education she helps you attain. It is more complicated and a business but now there are less than 1000 real Geisha’s in business. A group of us saw one with her bevy of men and we ran until we caught up to them. She was very shy and since they are hired by the hour to entertain she was not open to talk to us until her employer for the night said it was okay, He was her interpreter and we jsut asked a few questions and were friendly as opposed to asking what she thought about her job. The men were holding bottles of booze and getting ready to go to a private club where she entertains them with card tricks and fun games and no sex. Strictly forbidden now and well controlled according to the two who talked to us in a lecture format. Still not for me but the women are respected in their society.

    • tracyth76

      Thank you Madge… I love your story about the Geisha. One of my favorite books is “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden and of course the movie is well done as well.

  • Donald K. Sanders

    Indeed. The women you describe are not all that atypical considering there are 6 of them-7 including their mother-that are my in-laws and make up what I affectionally call the “freaky family.” I call them Freaky because they are so perfect. I have tried to control them for years but I am outsmarted at every attempt. I will not give up and they know I won’t so there we are. I have one thing on them and that is the fact that they love me for what I am-a man- and they like to keep some around to do man chores. Man chores is a task that women can do very easily but choose not to.
    I don’t know what type of women these 6 sisters are but I do know that any man that is dumb enough to try to control them will be helping me clean their rain gutters this Saturday. This I know to be true.
    Are you sure you are not related to the Burton family in some way-you would fit right in with them.
    So there I am.

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