Pygmalion and Galatea are characters in Book 10 of Ovid's Metamorphosis.
Traditionally this fable is discussed in classes and in literary circles as an
illustration of the triumph of the artist over seeming earthly limitations, also
it is seen as a victory for the artist in his pursuit to merge with the Muse.
I see a message far more important here. Ovid is offering a metaphor for the
Briefly, the story is about a man who cannot find any beauty or worth in
mere mortal women, so he procures a long, large tusk of ivory, and sculpts,
with his own hands, the woman of his dreams. He is so proud of his work he
decides he must bring this lady to life. Using magical incantations in the form
of prayer "to the Gods", he succeeds in animating her. He is her Creator, and
Handler, and he marries her, breeds with her, and calls her Galatea.
In the story Galatea is made from, basically, living flesh, ivory full of
mammalian DNA . This also recalls Eve being made from Adam's rib, another
long phallic shaped piece of ivory. This suggests that if man the artist
completely self gratifies, pleasures himself by using this completely
vulnerable ivory woman, she will be thank full to become his slave, as her
compliance is for the good of all. The creation, customization, control of the
perfect woman. Hello Barbie.
About a thousand years later George Bernard Shaw reintroduces the story of
the Handler and his"butterfly" slave, in a version of Pygmalion that goes
even deeper into deception and manipulation. Most critics will say the play is
about social class structure in London. I say it is far more. I see it as
a foreshadowing of the sick, twisted "art industry" that seeks to manipulate
society through propaganda and brainwashing. Shaw retells Ovid's story as
follows; two wealthy, strange men spend their time wandering around
London on dark, rainy evenings spying on people. Their game is
to categorize and pigeonhole people according to speech patterns and
mannerisms. (Those who divide mean to rule.) The men manage to seduce
an innocent girl to come be their student, learn to be beautiful and BEHAVE
like a lady. They toss her coins, and convince her it will do her only good.
Notice her name Do Little, she is a nobody, of course she will take a chance
with these guys. Now notice these men don't want to have sex with her.
They are obviously satisfied having sex with each other. No, Eliza is their
experiment. This foreshadows the wealthy gay male agenda that is behind
the Hollywood school of making human barbie dolls. All you have to do is
watch fashion shows to see this; who is doing the hair, makeup, styling and
designing? Mostly gays. Shaw suggests it is easier for gays to see women as
objects d'art. ( I am not judging sexual life choices here, this is just what I
read in the lines of the play.)
Eliza enjoys the game for a while, changing from a Do Little poor girl, to a
sophisticated socialite, seemingly overnight. Eventually she realizes she is
just a number on their list of subjects to be studied, analyzed and (perhaps
her info is given to government officials or other powers that be?) Is this what
happens to most women who undergo the Hollywood transformation?
We see the Pygmalion Galatea template again in movies like My Fair Lady and
Pretty Woman, and many others. The story changes to suit the modern social
structure, but the story is still about the woman who cannot succeed without
the man. So what is a healthy solution to this agenda that tempts young girls
to become marionettes for rich men? We must teach our daughters
unconditional self love. Compassion, forgiveness, and following the path of
least resistance, will surely dissolve the illusion of any "powers" that be.
Unconditional self love provides a perfect mirror for our growth in every life
situation. We can joyfully morph and change with every breath, with
complete excitement, again and again and again, without attachment. May
every experience one has, be enlightening in some way. If an unfortunate
experience comes our way, may we always be survivors, never victims. Blessed Be