Vagina Dentata Myth.

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I watched a movie with Pa'e while having our dinner. I downloaded the movie yesterday from a site. I couldn't remember the address of the site. The title is Teeth. The story is quite crowded with those 'blue' and 'yellow' thing. Haha. Sex, I mean. But I didn't enjoy the sex scenes. I love the undefined scenes. Where it makes me wonder how could the things happened.

So. The story is about a girl who has a disease called vagina dentata. Vagina dentata is actually a myth. I googled up and search about it. Here is some of the information about it.

The myth of the vagina dentata, or vagina with teeth, derives from primitive masculine dreads of the "mysteries" of women and sexual union. It evokes castration anxiety, whereby the man fears loss of the penis during intercourse, and more generally it relates to fears of weakness, impotence, or annihilation by incorporation (connected to unconscious notions of "returning to the womb").
-- Stories of the vagina dentata persist in aboriginal myths and legends (Egyptian, Indo-European, Greek, Native American, African), as well as in contemporary narratives, such as vulgar sexist jokes.
-- Sublimated expressions of this dread underlie stories of post-coital loss of strength, such as the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, or the deep social resonance of the recent (1993) Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt incident in America.
-- Many narratives of "hero vs. monster" also rely on the myth: for instance, Oedipus and the Sphinx, whose mythic structure underlies Benchley's novel, Jaws.
-- Some cultural surgical practices, such as clitoridectomies and other female genital mutilations (including modern episiotomies), also relate to the myth. These practices physically inscribe an assertion of masculine domination that implies a dread of feminine powers.

From a contemporary, feminist, psychoanalytic perspective, Elizabeth Grosz writes:
"The fantasy of the vagina dentata, of the non-human status of woman as android, vampire or animal, the identification of female sexuality as voracious, insatiable, enigmatic, invisible and unknowable, cold, calculating, instrumental, castrator/decapitator of the male, dissimulatress or fake, predatory, engulfing mother, preying on male weakness, are all consequences of the ways in which male orgasm has functioned as the measure and representative of all sexualities and all modes of erotic encounter." (See the article on "Animal Sex" cited below, and available online.)

Western literary allusions:

Lear: Down from the waist they are Centaurs,
Though women all above;
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,
Beneath is all the fiends’: there’s hell, there’s darkness,
There is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding,
Stench, consumption. Fie, fie, fie! pah, pah!
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary,
Sweeten my imagination.

Shakespeare, King Lear (1608)

Mandrake: Tell me Jack, when did you first develop this, this [theory of fluoridation]?
Ripper: Well, I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love. Yes, a, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily, I was able to interpret these feelings correctly: Loss of essence. Women sense my power and they seek the life-essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.

Stanley Kubrick & Terry Southern, Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Prologue to article on modern masculine anxieties in American politics and film (Independence Day), Bad Subjects #31 (March 1997).

"Return of the Vagina Dentata from Outer Space": review of Alien Resurrection in Salon magazine

Review of Alanis Morissette, "Jagged Little Pill," in Salon magazine:
" Mood: Fatal Attraction. Morrisette is the singing vagina dentata -- you may get some really great sex or you may get killed."

"Shark Attack FAQ"
Q. Why are people so afraid of sharks?
A. Sharks attack from below and behind, while our monkey ancestry has taught us to prepare for danger from ahead and above.
Sharks strike while we are naked in the water. There are no trees to climb, no rocks to throw, no sticks to brandish.
The tropical ocean is a warm, saline environment where gentle waves mimic the mother's heartbeat heard from inside the womb. The shark is a mobile vagina dentata cruising the amniotic seas, slinking up from the dark abyss to bite the swimmer in half and vigorously shake the bloody remains. ("Agent Erika")


So, more about it, just watch Teeth movie. The actress is really pretty and cute! =)


7 comments:

ibrahim a.k.a sailoRman said...

salam..siti hajar..

nak share muvee nie gak..leh x??

AkuAyie said...

wahaha..ada gk myth mcm tu ek...
something new i learned today ...
hehe...

itisrajah said...

ibrahim - salam kembali. mau share? insyaAllah, bulih. tp nt cube cr yg non-censored dulu. =)

AkuAyie - tuh la pasal. memang curious gle mse dpt tau psal myth tuh. myb sbb xpnh dgr @ tau lgsung kot psal myth tuh. i'm glad that u learned something today because i did learned too. =)

pa'e... said...
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pa'e... said...

mmg hrap cite ini hanye 1 mitos...uhuhuhuhu..sgt tkot...

itisrajah said...

pa'e - yup. aku pon harap cmtuh. aku pon takot. huhu. =(

ibrahim a.k.a sailoRman said...

erm..

wat du u mean by try yg non censore dulu???