Crone: is an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. She is marginalized by her exclusion from the reproductive cycle and her proximity to death places her in contact with occult wisdom.
Imagine a vigilante justice group entirely made up of women. Mostly outcasts, elderly women, widows, orphans, divorcees and other women which for one reason or another, society has rejected. Now imagine they gang up on known wife-beaters, men who cheat on them to run off with a new wife, government officials and police officers who ignore their complaints. Imagine them beating up these wife-beaters with sticks, dressed in pink saris and calling out these miscreants for who they are.
No, this isn’t some lame, half-assed Bollywood rip-off of some Quentin Tarantino film. I just described the Gulabi Gang to you.
“Founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five and former government health worker (as well as a former child bride), as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back the power they had cut in order to extract bribes. They have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.
The group, which the Indian media portray positively, was reported to have 20,000 members as of 2008, as well as a chapter in Paris, France.”
Sampat Pal Devi represents a new kind of feminine activist, I think. The kind that confronts abuse directly instead of working around it or who doesn’t work inside the system but outside of it. If you look at the above definition it says “She is marginalized by her exclusion from the reproductive cycle and her proximity to death places her in contact with occult wisdom.”
Maybe this is just me thinking out loud but this touches on something I have noticed, that girls/women who are still in their childbearing years have a tendency to keep quiet when abuse takes place, have a non-confrontational attitude and think by being nice and sweet, things will just die down and the problem will go away. Maybe that’s why men usually abuse the younger ones or go after them?
When I look around at my yoga studio, it is usually the older women who usually do the speaking up and usually take steps to bring problems to the attention of owners and instructors alike. I look at other female activists like Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Helen Caldicott , Jody Williams or Catholic nun, Sister Mary Dennis Lentsch, who has been known for jumping the fence at nuclear power facilities like Oak Ridge and I see a pattern here….
Stuart Wilde wrote an excellent post last week called the ” New World Order is Dead on Arrival’. In it, he pointed out that “The desire to control and dominate is a demonic force, deep down it is sexual perversion, like pedophilia, the macho male thrusting himself upon the feminine spirit, attempting to own her and dominate…..Beyond the last copulation of an old man’s flaccid, drooping male member, comes a feigned self-importance, a desperate attempt by his ego to hold himself erect, and from that comes his cruelty and the vengeance of control as a sexual release or substitute. Sometimes it’s a manifestation of his vengeance against women, his anger. The demonic possession these men exhibit is triggered by impotence or an impending impotence. See the hidden link? Interesting eh?”