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For the most part, women in alphabet cultures have suffered these indignities with minimal protest because they, too, were susceptible to spelling's spell, albeit in a different way. When a young girl was inducted into the alphabet's arcana, her hunter-killer lobe hypertrophied, causing her to lose trust in her intuition. Unknowingly, the girl became a victim of a Cadmean military pincer movement-one arm coming at her from within her own left brain, the other from the outside values of the surrounding culture. Further, there has often been a stratification concerning literacy. In those frequent instances when women were purposely kept outside the spelling circle their ignorance consigned them to second-class status.

Learning to spell occurs at such a young age that people are unaware of the changes in perception it causes. Once a person learns an alphabet, alphabet mental processes will influence their every assumption and decision for the rest of their lives. A culture that uses an alphabet as its primary communication tool hugs less and laughs less than those that do not. Repressed sexual urges bulge out in unexpected forms, most commonly presenting as perversion, fetishism, and a male obsession to control all aspects of female sexuality and reproduction. (Currently, the issue is abortion. At any pro-life rally a man can inevitably be observed railing against a woman's right to choose while brandishing an alphabetic book in his right hand.)

One valuable insight to emerge from modern psychology is that unconscious motivations can cause an individual to engage repeatedly in unhealthy and counterproductive behavior. Such a cycle is ordinarily not broken unless the individual somehow becomes aware of the underlying mechanism that is driving his or her behavior; only then can a person initiate corrective action.

This insight applies to cultures as well as to individuals. Only because we have recently shifted to an alternative method of processing information have we been able to gain a perspective on the alphabet's role in the repression of women. Iconic information has allowed us to disengage from the linear aspects of literacy, and to look back on them. This insight will prepare us for the next great communication revolution, in which we are already deeply engaged.
Reading and writing are such valuable tools in world culture that virtually all governments want their citizens to acquire them. The benefits of alphabet literacy are magnificent and life-changing. Even when we become aware that literacy has a downside, no reasonable person would throw the baby out with the bathwater and recommend that people should not become literate. Instead, we seek a renewed respect for iconic information, which, in conjunction with the ability to read, can bring our two hemispheres into greater equilibrium and allow both individuals and cultures to become more balanced.
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