The Queen Lived

by Jacob Clifton August 1, 2008
Doctor Who Season 4

The second is Helen, as in Helen of Troy. In this phase, women are viewed as capable of worldly success and of being self-reliant, intelligent and insightful, even if not altogether virtuous. This second phase is meant to show a strong (untempered) schism in external talents but still lacking internal qualities (inability for virtue, lacking faith or imagination). You want the key to boys? This is it. Halfway through the rubric, and they're still not convinced women have an internal sense of ethics. Welcome to being the Other, if you hadn't noticed yet.

So at the time that he was most broken and befuddled by the loss of his one mama-duck in all of creation, the Maiden/Mother who carried him from violent childhood to manhood, and he was totally bereft, he found himself a new girl. And oh, she loved him; and oh, he didn't care. That'll show them. And he spent a year traveling with her, with his ass totally covered -- that's an American expression, the ass-cover -- because he thought he could lie in the bed with her, and never touch her. He'd learn to be a God, a Master, and without Rose that was the only thing that made sense.

The third phase is Mary, named so because of duh. At this level, females can now seem to possess virtue by the perceiving male (even if in an esoteric and dogmatic way), in so much as certain activities deemed consciously unvirtuous cannot be applied to her. It's not all about sex, or Evil Mommy syndrome, or puppy-eyed romance with Mary. She's just a lady. Maybe you marry her. Maybe she thinks she's just a temp, and you've stepped back enough from the magic that you don't understand why that's a problem. Maybe enough so that when she says she's nothing, it pisses you off. Maybe you try to tell her, over and over, that she's already wonderful. That you can't play the part in the four-part animus development drama that is her lot, because you see her the way she really is. Which is beautiful.

The fourth and final phase of anima development is Sophia, named for the Greek word for wisdom. I kinda feel like we've talked about that before. Complete integration has now occurred, which allows females to be seen and related to as particular individuals who possess both positive and negative qualities. Ya know, like, human beings. Most males reach this stage sometime between 18 and death. But I mean, if you never die...

The most important aspect of this final level is that, as the personification "Wisdom" suggests, the anima is now developed enough that no single object can fully and permanently contain the images to which it is related. If you were River Song, which would you rather be? Building a life in the Matrix, or dead forever? Now, I would not choose the gauzy tampon commercial that the Matrix provides her, if I had the choice -- but who's to say she didn't choose? Maybe she just wanted to rest. I think the only real cruelty would have been to put a Matrix Doctor in there with her. That would have been bad. Maybe next time she walks down to the duck pond, there's going to be new bad guys to fight, or ruins to excavate. You can have everything you want, in the kingdom of the mind. You just have to reach for it.

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