This last week I watched a show on TV where an archaeologist traveled to Romania to investigate the source of the vampire myth, the strigoi. He found out that nowadays in Romania no one living in the major cities believes in strigoi anymore. In rural areas, its different. The archaeologist investigated a recent case where a group of men desecrated the grave of a newly dead man who they believed to be a strigoi. Besides desecrating the grave, the men preformed a bunch of anti-strigoi rituals including eating the dead man’s heart. The archaeologist talked to one of the men who did this, and the man was convinced that he did the right thing. He was absolutely certain of his own righteousness. At the end of the episode the archaeologist concludes that vampires or strigoi are an attempt to believe monsters are outside of us and avoid dealing with the monster within.
This is an excellent metaphor for how women treat men. Women whether feminist, traditionalist conservative, or in between have a million reasons why men are evil. Those reasons may conflict with each other, but they believe men are evil. Women even came up with the idea of “benevolent sexism” which is basically saying when men do things for women and are nice to women, men are still evil. The relationship between women and men is like that between rural Romanians and the fictional strigoi. Women fabricate all of these reasons why men are evil to avoid dealing with the monster within themselves.