The Scorpio Woman: Her Influence on Feminism & “Masculine” Femininity
Masculine Femininity. Is that an Oxymoron? Welcome to the Scorpio female psyche.
Scorpio-influenced women are the bitches of the Zodiac. These boss bitches get stuff done, change the world, put men in their place, and make sure women know they don’t have to be second class citizens. For all the transformative influence Scorpionic women have had on society and culture, they are still maligned as being ball-busters, nut crackers, she-males and just plain witches!
But where would the world be without their moxie?
Scorpio women do not approach the world like the rest of their gender, a point made popular by an oft-repeated (and stolen) line from astrologer Linda Goodman’s book “Sun Signs”:
“Scorpio women were not born men, they only wish they were.”– Linda Goodman.
Not really, Linda. But I get the point. Scorpio women negotiate life through values and perspectives that have historically been associated with men.
Power, aggression, dominance, control, hunting, initiating — these are all traditional male traits. Yet, Scorpio women wield them with uncanny comfort and excellence . In women, constrained by social dictates to be soft, gentle and alluring receivers, these alpha traits are often seen as too forward and unbecoming.
Fortunately and brilliantly, Scorpio women and Plutonic women fuse this masculine energy to create their own brand of femininity.
They don’t wish they were men. They LOVE being women. They simply spend their lives creating a new breed of woman and changing social mores and myths of what womanhood should be.
Scorpio Women led Feminism
Various waves of feminism were dominated by women with Scorpio Risings and Scorpio Suns. When the sign of Scorpio is rising, the female’s behavior and style of self-presentation is steeped in Scorpio qualities. She is keen to be independent, willing to take charge, and able to position herself as an equal to men or above men. Deal with it.
Even more than Scorpio suns, Scorpio Risings exert a powerful presence because rising by nature is external and physically felt. (The Scorpio Sun, meanwhile, governs internal values and ideologies which do affect behavior…. but rising IS behavior).
- Gloria Steinem (Scorpio Rising) – Founder of the feminist periodical Ms. magazine. Fiery political activist known for testifying before the U.S. Senate in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment. Famous for infiltrating the Playboy bunnies and writing a tell-all.
- Simone de Beauvoir (Scorpio Rising) — Feminist writer, author of the iconic book The Second Sex.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Scorpio Sun) — Organized the first women’s rights movement in the U.S.
- Margaret Thatcher (Scorpio Rising) – First female prime minister.
- Hillary Clinton (Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising) This woman changed how the office of the First Lady was perceived. The only first lady to be elected to Congress and to serve as Secretary of State. Will she ever be the first female president? All I know is this brilliant, gutsy Scorpio Sun-Scorpio Rising woman should be!
- Eleanor Roosevelt (Scorpio Mars) – Fueled by her Scorpio Mars, which specializes in initiating fights, this former Libra First Lady fought for women to be included as delegates for the first time at the 1924 Democratic National Convention. She used her national voice to urge women to wield political power. During her post-World War I time in the White House, she lobbied for female inclusion in the government and was the first First Lady to start holding press conferences to address women directly. Author of the book “It’s Up to the Women.”
Art & Fashion Feminists
- Diane von Furstenburg (Scorpio Rising)- Leave it to a woman with Scorpio rising to merge the masculine suit and feminine dress to create a new line of women’s business attire for the 1970s. Her iconic wrap dress helped women who were leaving the home and going into the workplace. It had the professionalism of a suit, but the femininity of a dress, offering a sexy and body- conscious garment with no-nonsense appeal. It is still a favorite among power women today. Capricorn rising may want to dress like men; Scorpio Risings do not!
- Georgia O’Keeffe (Scorpio Sun) – Feminist painter known for transforming flowers into pieces of art resembling vaginas.
- George Eliot– (Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising) – Feminist writer who took on the pen name of a man for career purposes.
Pop Culture Feminists
Madonna (Pluto Rising, Pluto conjunct Sun) – Sometimes Scorpionic feminism expresses itself through Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto. Eighties icon Madonna is known for her pop cultural expressions of female dominance and female sexual liberation. Madonna has Pluto conjunct her Leo Sun and Pluto conjunct her Ascendant.
Martha Stewart (Scorpio Rising) — Most people think Martha Stewart’s a bitch. I personally revere her and think she’s an amazingly efficient, smart and capable business woman. I tend to like Scorpio Rising women instinctively.
Bette Davis (Scorpio Rising) – Actress known for her loud, feisty and commanding personality.
Ciara (Scorpio Sun) — When Ciara debuted on the music scene she didn’t try to be the pretty, sex kitten. She was a muscular tomboy and danced hard like a man. In fact, people started circulating rumors that she WAS a man. Tsk. Tsk. Society has a problem with women who won’t stay in a box. Now, Ciara has unfortunately crossed over into a more traditionally feminine persona, but every now and then we see glimpses of the original Cici.
Tori Amos (Scorpio Rising) – This feminist singer is known for her lyrics of female empowerment.
Beyonce Knowles (Scorpio Moon) — This singer took a man known for “Big Pimpin” and tamed him to a respectful husband, all while making him beg her for years to have her children (they had a daughter in January 2012). After they married, there was a rumor that Jay Z would take Beyonce’s last name. Never happened. But ask yourself, who but a Lunar Scorpio woman could even inspire a rumor like that…. for a man like that.
In all fairness Aquarius Sun women, who like Scorpios are natural revolutionaries, also had a overwhelming influence on feminism, including Aquarius feminist icons Betty Friedman who wrote “The Feminine Mystique,” Susan B. Anthony, Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Blackwell and Audre Lorde. So kudos to Aquarius women who often are also accused of defying traditional womanhood and even being somewhat gender neutral or gender ambiguous.
If you’re a Scorpio Rising or Scorpio Sun woman, the next time someone calls you a bitch, sneer and tell them “You’re Welcome.”‘
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