The Curse of Eve and How it Effects Women Today
Mood Music: This Woman’s Worth by Maxwell
When I think of the Fall of Man I immediately become angry with Adam and Eve. If it wasn’t for their blatant disobedience I could be running around paradise right now, one with the roars of the ocean’s waves, galloping over endless white sand dunes ridding a white horse, naked, without a care in the world, but I digress.
The next thought that occurs are the curses their disobedience brought to man: death, hard soil, tolling with a sweating brow. Yes, it sounds like a load, but who really takes the time to think of what the curse brought to womenkind?
Generally speaking, the woman’s curse is often oversimplified to pain during childbirth. However, if you take more than a moment’s glance, you will recognize the truth that has been literally penetrating the woman’s psyche for all of history. Let’s take a look at Genesis 3:16:
“To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (NIV)
The most potent part of The Curse of Eve is the last sentence, “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
The bible is a matter of interpretation and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Most people feel that this verse merely means that the woman will always want her husband and in marriage and he will rule over her as a kingly figure. I interrupt it to mean something quite more literal.
In life, a woman’s greatest desire will be to have and keep a husband, and that desire will rule over her entire life.
Example of Eve’s Curse
I have always been the type to say “screw love” in public, but I am a closeted helpless romantic.
All of my life, I have desired to have that great TV super couple love. You know that Dharma and Greg, Luke and Laura, Cosby kind of love. No matter how many times I have had my heart broken, there’s this glimmer of hope that love will save the day. Not any love, but love that is joined in holy matrimony.
I knew on some level I wasn’t alone, but I got all the proof I needed during my time working at a daycare.
One day, the children at the child care facility were given the rare privilege of watching a movie. The movie of choice was Frozen.
Not even twenty minutes into the dialogue (this is spoiler alert ), gullible Ana meets this guy. They sing this song and at the stroke of midnight, on the roof of her castle, beneath the light of thousands of stars, the guy (who she met less than five minutes ago) asks her hand in marriage.
I must admit I had seen the movie before with my niece and I really did have an irrational aww moment during that scene. I thought it was just the repressed romantic in me trying to stir. However, among about thirty something little girls, I watched all of their reactions render the same response as mine.
Little hearts were melting all over the place. The twenty something little boys in the room just watched in silence or mock disdain.
Eve’s Curse in Practice
Who drives the wedding industry? Women. Who reads and authors most romantic novels? Women. Who eats an entire bucket of ice cream while crying to The Notebook? Never mind, I think that might be a personal thing, but you get the picture!
Women more so than any other sex, drives the beauty industry mostly in hopes to make themselves more attractive to a potential suitor or spouse. Makeup, waist trainers, weaves, wigs, Botox, CrossFit and Fit Tummy Tea, are the love elixir of our kind.
I don’t think I have met a woman yet who on some level hasn’t entertained the idea of getting married to a loving husband.
Males and Eve’s Curse
Personally, I think men aren’t as motivated to take that march down the aisle, because it was not stated in the emotional portion of their curse.
On the “boy toy aisle” of big box stores you will not find Wedding Bells G.I Joe or a mini groom’s suit. To be honest, the idea sounds preposterous. However, I can promise you that the aisles targeted at girls will have no less than three dolls in long flowing wedding gowns and you will be sure to find a veil and gloves so that young girls can simulate a wedding ceremony at home.
One can argue that this is sexist and that gender specific toys are pushing off social roles on children, but the truth is if there was a demand to create Wedding Bells G.I Joe there would be a Wedding Bells G. I Joe complete with Ninja Turtle Groomsmen.
It is interesting to note however, that toys marketed for young boys are geared toward simulating Adam’s curse- toys that encourage hard labor and farming.
The Wrap Up
The Curse of Eve is life long and it drives fear and envy into the hearts of most women.
Will I get married? Who will I marry? When will I get married? Are all questions women anxiously ponder.
When marriage finally does occur woman start entertaining the fears of losing the baby weight, keeping it interesting in the bedroom, younger women taking their partner’s interest, and being parted by illness or death.
Damned, that Eve!