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We will never understand the psychology of either women or men as long as we fail to acknowledge that a state of war has existed between the sexes for approximately six thousand years This war is a guerrilla war Six thousand years ago the patriarchy triumphed over women and society became organized on the basis of male domination Women became the property of men and were obliged to be grateful to them for every concession But there cannot be domination of one social class nation or sex over the other that does not lead to subliminal rebelliousness rage hatred and desire for revenge in those who are oppressed and exploited This statement was made by Erich Fromm in and interview appearing in the February 16 1975 issue of the Italian magazine LEspresso It sums up the basic thinking concerning the problematic relations between men and women But any solution to the problem that merely attempts to transfer domination from men to women only fosters the warfare between them This is the reason we do not favor a movement for womens rights that in reality retains the principles of the patriarchal world except that women now will have the power that was formerly the exclusive domain of men This means that women are not being emancipated as human beings and the war would then continue and produce a great deal of hatred on both sides Each group hates the other and fears the attacks of each other Even though men pretend otherwise they nonetheless do fear women In Everyday Use this thinking is put to the test because Mrs Johnson manages quite well without a man and seems more at peace with herself Yet Mrs Johnson exist in the story as a foil for her daughter Dee who like other women suffers from misplaced loyalties or perhaps more accurately misplaced priorities Dee remains blind of the life she lives as a
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