As I suggested recently on David Raymond Davis' excellent blog, The Deconstruction Zone:
I think at this time there are so few role models of genuine empowerment. So many of the images that are served to us as supposedly empowering seem bleached of all their edginess and subversive qualities.
Marketing departments try to sell us subversive imagery, but usually they are just hyper-sexualized or hyper-violent - but sold to us as savvy, edgy forms of self-empowerment. Now, I don't actually have a problem with sex or violence in fiction, mythology and storytelling...as long as the requisite intelligence and dynamism is ALSO present. And that's what seems to be lacking in all this garbage that the elites are trying to peddle.
I think genuine empowerment should feel comforting, liberating, but also leave you with a heady, slightly DANGEROUS feeling. Not because you wish anyone harm, but because now you're better equipped to deal with transgressing your previous limitations. I mean, shouldn't evolution feel exciting?
Our spiritual evolution/liberation is essentially the ultimate, most epic Fight Of Our Lives. And all the danger, love and tribulations we associate with such epic battles are present in each of our personal struggles. We are a race of amnesiac gods, after all; at least metaphorically-speaking. And, I suspect, quite literally too.
This is the Magic of the Below - The Magic of The Sub-Verses.