Too rich, too thin, too in control of women’s bodies
An anorexic looks in the mirror and sees someone who is fat.
One is addicted to money. The other to starvation. As each grasps for power.
Enter Mike Huckabee.
In my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough.
That’s former Wall Street trader, Sam Polk in a New York Times piece.
Holly Peterson, daughter of a Blackstone (equity) founder, tells a similar story. At a dinner party of the rich elite a woman complained, “The thing about 20 (million dollars) is 20 is only 10 (after taxes).” Everyone at the table nodded, knowingly.
It’s tough living on mere millions a year.
Mr. Polk eventually wondered how shifting money around helped society — or how deregulation and placing a higher tax burden on the middle-class than the rich did much good.
He looked around and saw too many wealthy traders looking into fun house mirrors that reflected financial insecurity. Leaving Wall Street was terrifying, but he knew he needed more money like an alcoholic needed another drink.
Most anorexics were victims of physical or sexual abuse. They compensate for the loss of control over their bodies by gaining (apparent) control over what is ingested into them. Anorexia emerges from a need for power.
Mr. Polk says Wall Streeters are grasping at power, too:
Wall Street is a toxic culture that encourages the grandiosity of people who are desperately trying to feel powerful.
But it’s not just Wall Streeters and the eating disordered who feel power-deprived.
In a double-speak “war for women” Mr. Huckabee and his ilk seek to control women’s contraception, uterus and libido. (No sex! Except for reproduction).
I guess it makes far-righters feel more in control.
I wonder if distorted perceptions lie at the heart of the war on women.
Whether addicted to money, starvation, or controlling women, we will all be healthier when we get at the root of our problems and deal with them, instead.
Posted on January 31, 2014, in feminism, politics/class inequality, psychology, reproductive rights, sexism, women and tagged feminism, politics/class inequality, psychology, reproductive rights, sexism, women. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.