Essay about Madonna Kolbenschlag's Lost in the Land of Oz

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Madonna Kolbenschlag's Lost in the Land of Oz

"In "Lost in the Land of Oz", Madonna Kolbenschlag explores the way old societal myths, which are created from the metaphors in our life, are no longer useful in today's society. The author believes we need to embrace the ego archetype of the orphan, the most influential metaphor for the self, in order to become a whole and complete person. Madonna Kolbenschlag discusses how our society is particularly hostile towards women, resulting in an acute feeling of self-loathing, doubt, loneliness, and guilt. Today, women as the orphan feel a complete sense of powerlessness and abandonment, not only by everyone around her but also by God. Instead of suppressing our anxiety, Kolbenschlag advises
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(p.80) After that, there are the defectors who acknowledge their feminine consciousness, but barter it to satisfy their needs, may it be personal or professional. After understanding that the purpose of cultural structures is to keep women in an inferior position through manipulation and ill-treatment and that they can not have a close relationship without the other person trying to control them, eventually all women are driven to deviance. The changes that a woman undergoes during this time leave her feeling orphaned. (p.81)

Women experience loneliness for different reasons and it is because of these reasons that the "feminization of loneliness," is at a height, even with all the advances made by women. (p.83) Women are given certain roles but if they do not adhere to them they chance rejection and the lost of attachments that sustain them. As stated by Kolbenschlag, women's greatest anxiety is being deprived of these bonds and to be by themselves. However, we live in a society that encourages disconnection and individuality.(p.82) There is also an isolation that involves men because women cannot find a man that can satisfy and handle their modern consciousness, therefore trapped in the "myth-warp." While there are external causes of loneliness, there are also internal causes. The internal causes are a direct result of "trying out a new myth" and defying the traditional belief that dependence equates

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