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Synonyms for gyneolatry

the worship of women

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Faulkner and McCarthy reveal the violence encoded in a society's willingness to commoditize women as symbols to be worshipped, what Cash calls "downright [Southern] gyneolatry," and, as occurs in both novels, torn down (86).
"Gyneolatry," the tradition of worshiping the beautiful white woman (Cash 86), has served as an ideological base for much of the South's violent history.
In this way, Hearts of Gold both recalls and departs from Frances Harper's Iola Leroy (1892), which anticipates Jones's novel in initially establishing a mixed-raced woman, Iola, as an iconic Southern woman, while not fully committing to the epistemological unsettledness that Jones draws from this (supposed) juxtaposition of gyneolatry and genealogy.
While such an interpretation of Eula as an active agent in her own life may venture too close to the Faulknerian gyneolatry Wittenberg refers to, it also serves to broaden the way readers view Faulkner's women by positing alternate motivations for Eula's actions.