Larry Womack’s Huff Po article, Stop Pretending You Don’t Know Why People Hate Hillary Clinton, got me to thinking in the Freudian mode.
Those will comment that this is garbage, but that's typical when someone points out UNCONSCIOUS reasons for people's attitudes. The angrier your comments are the more I'd posit the commenter is using a defense mechanism, or as Shakepeare wrote "The lady (or man in this case) doth protest too much, methinks.”
I knew what the author was going to drive at before I read this -- the same reason I've thought all along. Obama was black -- a powerful black man, Hillary is a powerful woman (both dangerous to insecure white men).
Larry Womack writes:
It’s time to stop pretending that this is about substance. This is about an eagerness to believe that a woman who seeks power will say or do anything to get it. This is about a Lady MacBeth stereotype that, frankly, should never have existed in the first place. This is about the one thing no one wants to admit it’s about. emphasis added
My reason, being a Freudian oriented therapist leaned towards the Oedipal…(see image)… analysts have long pondered what Freud said about the Oedipus Complex, for example:
Ernest Jones essay "The Oedipus Complex as an Explanation of Hamlet"s Mystery" was first published in The American Journal of Psychology in January of 1910. It was published in German the following year as a monogram, and then revised and expanded in 1923 when it appeared under the title "A Psycho-Analytic Study of Hamlet" as the first chapter in Jones' book, Essays in Applied Psycho-Analysis. It was further revised and extended into Jones' Hamlet and Oedipus (1949), a book which was almost immediately taken to be the expression of the official Freudian position on Hamlet, largely due to Jones' closeness to Freud himself, both as a disciple and as his official biographer. artsites.ucsc.edu/…
Freud read the Bard and incorporated his characters into this theories --- the Lady MacBeth stereotype fits right in -- google Lady MacBeth and Freud..
Lady MacBeth, if you recall, was so committed to achieving her goals she’d kill her own child! Men and women with unresolved conflicts, often deeply unconscious conflicts, with their perhaps controlling or overbearing mothers may find Hillary’s power threatening. To defend against the emergence of anxiety rooted in childhood they may channel this into feelings of hate.
Here’s what she said as she manipulates her husband into killing King Duncan:
I have given suck, and know How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this. (I.vii)
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