How do you know if you are in love, in like, in lust, infatuated, obsessed, or just using someone to get something of value?
In the Patriarchal, the emotions are too shallow: boy meets girl; so naturally it is love at first sight and we must take it at face value it is love. Stalking, lying, and all sorts of other bad behaviours are labelled as love, so don’t question it.
The Matriarchal doesn’t buy it, and so, it doesn’t sell that idea to the reader.
Sometimes it is love, but sometimes it is hate. Sometimes it is altruism while other times it is prostitution. The Matriarchal is about the depth of emotions. We learn to differentiate between love and those wannabe thoughts that disguise themselves as such.
Is it about control? Is it about fearing being alone? Is it about the Benjamin’s?
With the Matriarchal, we don’t have to pretend it is love. We can explore relationships based on other factors and delve deep because it is truth that is a guiding force. We don’t have to spin it as love when it is boredom or lust or even greed. The author is a curator, not an apologist.
That also makes the Matriarchal ideal for satire of those deep emotions that we all too often suppress and then replace with rational thinking. Dread tales where no one is a hero gives us new avenues to explore as we can see what happens when logic is mistaken for emotions.
The author can be unleashed and does not have to make excuses why the boy and girl have highly questionable motives for hooking up or aren’t getting a contrived happily ever after. We can enter the most perplexing layers to find inner truths so we can weave complex stories to ponder from different angles that can be read in multiple ways for years to come.