Motherhood and its Negation in Transhumanism

The Venus of Willendorf is an ancient fertility totem or fetish, so named because of the sexual power of the ancient deity Venus, the Roman counterpart of the Greek Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, fertility, and love. Both Venus and Aphrodite were associated with the planet Venus, known to the ancients as both the “morning star” and “evening star,” the brightest object in the sky after Sol and Luna. As the only clearly visible inner planet, Venus moves through phases, and these phases, as well as the phases of Luna, can be associated with changes on Earth. (Lucifer, the bringer of reason, is also associated with this star.)

The Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf gets her other name from the village in Austria where archaeologist Josef Szombathly found her in 1908. She is estimated to be around 25,000 years old and believed to have been manufactured during the Paleolithic era. She is quite small, approximately 11 centimeters in height, and made of limestone. The statue depicts a woman with exaggerated sexual features: large breasts, hips, and thighs. Her belly perhaps swollen in pregnancy. Although the Willendorf Venus is the most famous, there are other examples, including the Dolní Věstonice, Hohle Fels, and Lespugue Venuses. While most of the ancient fertility figurines like these Venuses have been found in Europe, similar fetishes have been discovered in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 

The theory is that the ancients would carve and perhaps bury the fetish in the ground to control or shape the forces of fertility towards their benefit, as procreation is to anyone capable of reason the obvious imperative of life. It would not have been lost on the ancients, who grasped many profound things about the often uncertain world in which found themselves, that without mothers there are no children, and that where there are no children there is no future. Not only is it the mother that births the next generation with her body, but is also the mother who feeds the children with her body, and who primes their empathic circuitry.

This is true not only of humans, but of the other animals around them—and of Earth herself. We can see this recognition in the ancient fertility rituals we today call Easter, associated with the spring equinox. In many cultures, spring is the time of the renewal of Earth’s fertility. The egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth. The tradition of decorating eggs at Easter can be found in ancient cultures—the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Persians all decorated eggs as part of their spring fertility rituals. In pagan Europe, eggs were decorated with symbols of spring and new life. The hiding of eggs was common in many cultures during spring celebrations as a symbol of the renewal of life. In today’s Easter rituals, the eggs are hidden in the earth to be discovered by the children whose existence is owed to the mother. Hidden, as the Venus of Willendorf was, in the mother.

Although he penned his theory of the role of the mother in cultural and social life long before the discovery of these Venuses, the German anthropologist Johann Jakob Bachofen, who influenced Louis Henry Morgan in the development of the thesis of ancient matriarchal society (what Bachofen called “gynecocracy” or the regular rule of women), as well as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the development of their materialist theory of history, argued in his 1861 book Das Mutterrecht (translated as “mother right”) that the rise of the patriarchy represented a fundamental shift in attitudes towards the body and sexuality, with patriarchal societies repressing and controlling sexual behavior in ways that matriarchal societies did not.

Bachofen theorized that in fact early societies worshipped the mother, which was apparent in art and design, and this indicated that women played a central role in the cultural and social life of the ancients. The ancients understood the life-giving power of the female. They saw Earth as the eternal woman. Bachofen argued that because of this women had greater autonomy and power in matriarchal societies. They were able to express themselves in ways that were not possible in patriarchal societies. Woman sat at the center of human life. Without the female, there was no world for humans to animate with their labor—no world to develop with their creative powers, a creativity in their alienation that would come to confuse them about this very truth: that women are real and material and necessary.

The overthrow of mother right and the subordination of the community of women to men, who then defined what a woman was, is, and can be, in contradiction to what natural history made her, changed the character of religion from the focus on fertility and love to the androcentric obsession with destruction and domination, to avarice and greed. Once in power, men established the rule and veneration of the patriarchs and women became their subordinates. Men remade the deities after their likeness—male—eventually become one—and repurposed the existing rituals, for example the association between Easter and eggs, in which Christians took a symbol of new life and resurrection and made it about their creator god incubated in an immaculate womb to be reborn in human form so that god could die for the sins of mankind—if only mankind will accept on faith this claim as valid (the specter of hellfire tells they’d better). The material fact of motherhood became the spiritual lie of father right. So the eggs are decorated and exchanged as gifts on Easter Sunday to represent the tomb from which Jesus was resurrected, not the mother. The mother was only a vessel to be used by a heavenly projection in the image of the male. From agent to incubator.

Today, patriarchal society wishes to deny the real and material and eternal (at least until the sun explodes or man destroys the world). Women are being erased by a new religion, marked by rage and jealousy and poorly made simulacra, that treats actually-existing things as mere social constructions, reifications determined by an ethereal and evil power defined by narcissists in terms of obstacles (the original meaning of “Satan”) blocking the way to their becoming what they are not and can never be. Transhumanism and the destructive and nihilistic character of its workings is everywhere and growing. Those who most grasp the truth are the prime targets of its misogyny. So this year and in the years that follow let Mothers Day take on a different and more urgent meaning. It has never been more important in history as it is right now to recognize the central role of the mother in our lives and the destructive forces that seek to diminish her.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

2 thoughts on “Motherhood and its Negation in Transhumanism”

  1. I seriously doubt matriarchal structures were ever the norm, they can’t last more than a couple of generations outside of a highly protected, low-scarcity environment. In our modern American context matriarchy = poverty, crime and chaos, sustainable only at massive public expense.
    I do think you are onto something about misogyny, I’m starting to notice how male trannies often exhibit pathological levels of it (and probably the females too) but I don’t think it is a manifestation of patriarchy but rather the lack of it.

    1. Matrilineage was the primordial condition of the species. This continued for hundreds of thousands of years of physical and sociocultural evolution. Only with the rise of private property and the state (around 6000-10000 years ago) do we see the appearance of patriarchal relations and organized religion. These are basic anthropological facts.

      The interesting thing about matrilineal societies is that, where they appear, they are either matriarchal or egalitarian, more so the latter, but rarely patriarchal. Where patrilineal systems appear they are always patriarchal.

      As I said on Facebook when I introduced this blog, I’m not saying that children don’t need fathers in the home. This is indeed a big part of the problems of crime and disorder in American cities, as I have blogged about here. But intact family systems are not necessarily dependent on patriarchal relations. Nor were/are there no fathers in matrilineal societies. The situation in our inner cities was designed by progressives to corral blacks and cultivate a population of disorganized people who vote for a living. The predictable consequences of ghettoization in an advanced society is crime and disorder.

      Misogyny is an extreme expression of patriarchal relations. Many trans men are an expression of internalized misogyny. These are women who self-loathe and seek to escape their self-loathing by imagining themselves to be men. Many trans women are men who derive sexual gratification by imagining they are women. It expresses itself in this way because of the objectification of women in patriarchal systems. Men see women only as objects, which causes them to map that object onto themselves.

      There is also a profound homophobia that drives this. There are lesbians who believe that because they are attracted to other women they are really men. Same with men who believe that because they are attracted to other men they must be women. By transitioning homosexuals can become heterosexual. This is what the ideology teaches them. Transitioning is thus a form of gay conversion.

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