“The Dalai Lama says that the world will be saved by Western women. Not any women, perhaps not all women, but Burning Women. Women who have stepped out of silence and into the fullness of their power. Angry women who love the world and her creatures too much to let it be destroyed so thoughtlessly for a moment longer.”
Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman
It seems strange for author Lucy Pearce to quote the Dalai Lama’s suggestion that burning women will save the world. In her 2016 book, Burning Woman, she discusses their archetypal history and how this can help us to harness our personal power.
This summer, the Dalai Lama apologized for a statement suggesting the next Dalai Lama could be a woman only if she was attractive. In lieu of this, I’m not so sure I put much weight into Lucy’s quote other than recognizing there are a lot of angry women in the world, many with just cause.
Visit WomanScape this week as we explore women who suffer from mental illness and the role of anger. Anger is related to mental health as much as depression, anxiety and overwhelming sadness.
Of interest is the fact that both men and women suffer from mental health issues, and each gender can experience it, and anger issues, quite differently.
WS Feature: Two Raging Women
Tomorrow’s WomanScape Art Card is a rather “beheading” image, circa 1620, as you’ll see. You may recognize the painting and understand instantly the connection to our quote of the day. Wednesday’s feature article explores the disturbing but real-life stories of two women who suffered from mental illness.
Young 29 year-old Sahar Khaddayari from Iran took her life this past September. She was jailed for attempting to enter a football stadium to cheer on her favorite team, knowing women have been forbidden from doing so for the last 40 years. After appearing before the Revolutionary Court, she killed herself and caused a political uproar among politician, celebrities and rights’ advocates.
We also spotlight American serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. She murdered seven men claiming they had raped or tried to rape her. So, she shot them at blank range. Charlize Theron, who portrayed Aileen in the 2003 movie, Monster, took home the Oscar for Best Actress.
Friday, we feature TedX presenter Soraya Chemaly, who suggests we reconsider expectations for men and women when they are angry. She believes anger is a ‘gendered emotion’ that contributes to mental illness. She says we must repair its particularly damaging effects on women.
WS Reel Talk and WS Magazine
It’s been a great week of travels with Rose through the castles of Scone, Doune and Stirling in the bonnie land of Scotland. You can enjoy the sounds of a bag piper’s welcome to Scone or hear about Mary, Queen of Scots on our WS Reel Talk by clicking HERE. Each week, we’ll share topical stories about famous figures, travel, and art installations.
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Have a great week and we hope you explore the beauty of our world. Enjoy conversations and be good to yourself and others. See you tomorrow on WomanScape!
Rose & the WomanScape Team