The feminine: life in matter
In the same breath as the creative, divine-spiritual elemental forces of the world, the oldest mythology, the Sumerian, already describes the negativity of the female. This applies both on a small and a large scale. For life itself is hidden in matter, on the one hand in the womb of the woman and on the other hand outside of human consciousness, i.e. in the unconscious.
The underworld: negativity from oppression
For this reason, the spirit of power has always moved people to subjugate matter, which means, on the one hand, to abuse the woman with her body, and on the other hand, to exploit the land with its resources (people and raw materials). With it the topic abuse stands in the room, which lead to impotence or to foaming rage of the feminine.
[S. I am Lilith, the dark virgin.]
From powerlessness to anger: the wounded feminine
"Trapped" in negativity, figuratively speaking in the underworld, and it must be freed or redeemed from it. This theme with the corresponding images can be found in many traditions of human history.
For example, the powerless rigidity of the younger woman appears in fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are expressed. Powerful angry and vengeful femininity, on the other hand, is represented in lore by witches, harpies, flaming beasts, or other monsters. Because strong femininity and thus the Great Mother as goddess of fate has always been feared by immature men, she has also been demonized (see also Volcanoes, Mount Doom and the Great Mother and Maleficent - theDark Fairy as Goddess of Fate).
Femininity in the grip of negative macho masculinity (animus)!
Here it is to be noted that very well women as well as the Great Feminine can also be in the grip of the same immature male macho energy. This is true as long as their male parts are not integrated (see The Negative Animus as Devil or Pain Body; The Pain Body of Woman. The integration of the anim us means, among other things, reconciliation with one's own weakness).
Thus, angry femininity can also be very destructive. This is expressed in the aforementioned Sumerian lore by the ruler of the underworld and in the Gilgamesh epic in connection with the great flood.
Deep unconsciousness: repressed negative feelings
However, both reactions, powerlessness and anger, are a response to the same grievances, namely unkindness, abuse and exploitation.
However, this negativity is seldom in the light of life, because it is undesirable, laden with shame and is therefore repressed into the unconscious as a hated weakness.
But it is there nevertheless and works with its destructive energy from the shadows. From the unconscious it floods the body into negative emotions and leads to power-oriented behaviour out of fear of further injuries or out of revenge.
[S. Strong Emotions and the Unconscious and Lilith: Disturbing Femininity and the Power of Women.]