Esther and male chauvinism

In the Book od Esther, queen Vashti is banished.

…King Xerxes […] gave a banquet for all his important men and royal officers. […]The banquet lasted one hundred eighty days. All during that time King Xerxes was showing off the great wealth of his kingdom and his own great riches and glory. […] Wine was served in gold cups of various kinds. And there was plenty of the king’s wine, because he was very generous. The king commanded that the guests be permitted to drink as much as they wished. He told the wine servers to serve each person what he wanted.

On the seventh day of the banquet, King Xerxes was very happy, because he had been drinking much wine. He gave a command […]to bring him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown. She was to come to show her beauty to the people and important men, because she was very beautiful.
but she refused to come. Then the king became very angry [..]So King Xerxes spoke with the wise men who would know the right thing to do.
… Memucan said to the king and the other important men, “Queen Vashti has not done wrong to the king alone. She has also done wrong to all the important men and all the people in all the empire of King Xerxes. All the wives of the important men of Persia and Media will hear about the queen’s actions. Then they will no longer honor their husbands. They will say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought to him, but she refused to come.’ 18 Today the wives of the important men of Persia and Media have heard about the queen’s actions. So they will speak in the same way to their husbands, and there will be no end to disrespect and anger. (Esther, 1)

And then, they banish the queen, and are happy about it.

This is one of the places where I go postal.

Imagine, the queen, called in because a bunch of *drunken men* varnted to see her? Like an animal, a war horse, a pedigree dog??

And the way the males ensure the male dominance. By oppressing the very first attempt of rebellion, and oppressing it so that “King Xerxes [..] sent letters to all the states of the kingdom in the writing of each state and in the language of each group of people. These letters announced that each man was to be the ruler of his own family.” there is no way the women can become free.

And then, the retaliation. I believe, the way Esther deals with Xerxes in the latter chapters, serves him well. She openly manipulates him and eventually scares the hell out of him.

“The king said to Queen Esther, “The Jewish people have killed and destroyed five hundred people in the palace at Susa, and they have also killed Haman’s ten sons. What have they done in the rest of the king’s empire! Now what else are you asking? I will do it! What else do you want? It will be done!”
Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, give the Jewish people who are in Susa permission to do again tomorrow what the king ordered for today. And let the bodies of Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the platform.” So the king ordered that it be done.”

Etc. Etc.
Maybe, this is to say, that the females can dominate males by manipulation?

say something

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.