Monday, August 10, 2009

Aphrodite and Revolution

You don't think of her as a political deity, but a (London) Times writer suggests that Aphrodite Pandemos contributes to the success or failure of popular revolutions.

This theory, which I first heard from a friend in Armenia, holds that popular upheavals only stand a chance of success if a country’s most beautiful young women come out on to the streets.

The idea being that even the most politically indifferent young men want to be where the pretty girls are and that this creates a critical mass at demonstrations that causes a regime to lose confidence in its ability to prevail. To paraphrase Marx, the young men feel they have nothing to lose but their virginity.



Anonymous Pitch313 said...

Maybe it's just me, but I don't recall ever taking to a political change movement because of the presence of pretty girls. And I don't recall others doing that, either.

What mobilized folks was some sense of urgent common cause, not slways much beyond the local and immediate.

Not to agree that the presence and support of Aphrodite Pandemos wouldn't energize a change movement...

11:54 AM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

As you will notice in the excerpted paragraphs, the writer speaks in particular of "politically indifferent young men."

If you were not "politically indifferent," then you might have reacted differently, obviously.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Apuleius Platonicus said...

Anyone who even vaguely remembers the 60's and 70's knows that there is more than a little truth to this!

One small detail has been overlooked, however. What attracts the pretty girls in the first place? Young, earnest, symmetrically featured Adonises who not only write poetry and play guitar but who also display physical courage when the cops/soldiers/thugs arrive.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

That is often true, I am sure.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Kullervo said...

No offense, Pitch313, but a political change movement ain't the same as a revolution.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Mark Churchill said...

...Hence the T-shirt slogan: "Feminist chicks dig me."

11:56 AM  

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