The Myth & Reality Of The Crazy Cat Lady

Susan Boyle was allegedly seen "bawling" on a hotel balcony, saying: "Where's my cat? I want my cat. I need my cat." Even if it were not true, everyone would believe it.

The connection between women and cats is as old as the universe itself. The feminine and the feline are closely linked, from the Egyptian cat goddess Bast — whose celebration involved telling dirty jokes and drinking wine — to the cats witches were thought to use as "familiars." In fact, women and cats were often burned together for crimes of witchcraft. These says, cats are part of language used in the sexualization of women — words like "sex kitten," "wildcat," and the dreaded "cougar."

But most interesting is the image of the sad, old, lonely "crazy cat lady," whose archetype — the Spinster — is often painted as a tragic, mentally ill figure. Because she's not married and has a pet. Susan Boyle is definitely being portrayed this way, as though not having a husband and only being able to share love with her cat Pebbles has made her addle-brained.

The truth is: Men and families have cats and are never thought of as being crazy. Some guys get fanatical about their dogs. Why is a woman who finds love, acceptance and zero judgments from the unique relationship a human can have with a feline scorned, mocked and shamed?

On the other hand, is there such a thing as a kitten-loving woman with a problem? Check out this trailer for the documentary film Cat Ladies, in which cat collecting seems more of an addiction than anything else:


Susan Boyle Axed From Britain's Got Talent Tour After Balcony Cat Rant [Daily Mail]
Putting Out Fire (With Gasoline) [The Awl]