Brief history of Machism
Olavo de Carvalho
Jornal da Tarde, August 16, 2001
Women have always been exploited by men. If there is a truth that no one doubts, it's that. From the solemn halls of Oxford to TV programs, from the Collège de France to pop bands, the world reinforces this fact, perhaps the most unquestioned that has passed through the human brain, if it really went through there and not straight from the womb to academic theses.
Not wishing to oppose such august unanimity, I propose to list some facts that can strengthen in believers of all sexes, their feelings of hatred for the heterosexual male adult, this despicable type that no one who has the misfortune of being born male wants to be when he grows up.
Our story begins at the dawn of time, in an imprecise moment between Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon. In those dark ages, the exploitation of women began. Those were hard times. Living in caves, human communities were constantly attacked by the beasts. Males, by taking advantage of their prerogative of the ruling class, then tried to secure for themselves the most comfortable and secure places in the social order: they were inside the caves, the bastards, making food for babies and combing their hair, while the poor females, armed with only clubs, left to fight lions and bears.
When the economy of collection was replaced by agriculture and livestock, again men took advantage, giving the women the heavier tasks such as carrying stones, taming horses, opening furrows in the earth with the plow, while they , the slackers, stayed at home painting pottery and playing with weaving. Revolting!
When the great empires of antiquity were dissolved, giving way to the feuds, perpetually at war with each other, they soon formed their private armies, composed entirely of women, while men stayed housed in castles and chilled there, enjoying the poems that the warrior women, in the intervals of fighting, composed in praise of their manly charms.
When someone had the extravagant idea of Christianizing the world, making it necessary to send missionaries everywhere, where they risked being impaled by the infidels, stabbed by highwaymen or lynched by the audience bored with their sermons, it was again on women that the heavy burden laid, while males were Machiavellianly making novenas before their domestic altars.
Identical exploitation was suffered by the unfortunate women during the Crusades, where, armed with the heaviest armor, they crossed deserts to be cut by the sword of the men of Islam (or rather, by the women of Islam, as the machismo of the followers of Muhammad was not less than the Christians').
And the great navigations? Seeking gold and diamonds to adorn the lazy men, brave women crossed the seven seas and fought the fierce natives who, when ate them - what misery! - it was in the strict culinary sense of the word.
Finally, when the modern state instituted draft, it was women who formed the armies, the guillotine being the punishment for runaway and recalcitrant, all this so that men could stay at home reading The Princess of Cleves.
For millennia, in short, women died on the battlefields, carrying stones, constructing buildings, fighting with wild beasts, crossing deserts, seas and forests, sacrificing everything for us, lazy men, to which there is no challenge more dangerous than to make our hands dirty with diapers for our babies.
In exchange for sacrificing their lives, our heroic defenders have not demanded of us nothing more than the right to talk tough in the house, sticking a few tablecloths with cigarette butts and eventually to drop a pair of socks in the middle of the room for us to pick.