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(repeating from yesterday…) Both historically and in the modern day, patriarchy stunts and diminishes both women and men, and will continue to do so until that time when women are once again regarded as both human, and an integral part of history and civilization. This is not to say, of course, that women had no […]

Woo! My prof has finally signed off on my second comps essay — I am so very relieved! Always nice to get an all-caps "EXCELLENT WORK!" too. :)  So, I'm going to start posting the various book reviews from my Women & World Religions bibliography list, interspersed with whatever other stuff I feel like posting, […]

So yes, this book is one of the most horribly self-righteous homilies on how the poor, emotionally tragically sad, snoogie-woogums-needing men are suffering SO MUCH!! by all that abuse they're foisting on the women! It's not that they actually want to dominate or anything, right? — though Gilmore has apparently forgotten some shockingly honest Indian […]

Weirdly, Gilmore also seems to be completely blind to any understanding of the concept of "patriarchy," to the point that he repeatedly enthuses about how there's no unifying external element in misogyny. But good modern research has shown us that every patriarchal culture we're aware of mandates the creation of, first: strongly separated gender roles, […]

First, an apology for starting two separate posting threads here, and then getting distracted with midterm schoolwork. Now the paper is handed in, I'll be getting those done soon, I promise. Second, fair warning: this blog entry is going to be a rant — a very ranty rant! — that will get it out of […]

A common assumption I've frequently read is that the "worst discovery" made by humankind was agriculture, in that it taught men (not humans) the concept of property. The rather androcentric theorizing seems to be that once men conceptualize food as property which can be hoarded away despite the needs of others, it's invariably a short […]

This has been a very strange semester so far, and I'm less than a week in. Amongst other things, my Women & World Religions comps essay prof did another review of my bibliography, and suggested some changes. I found this odd for two reasons: 1) I thought we'd agreed on the official booklist at the […]

Well! I had an amusingly funny first happen to me the other day: I cheerfully out-talked a Jehovah's Witness! ;) I was at a small local Le Boulanger to eat lunch and read one of my textbooks in a nice, relaxed atmosphere — one with no tempting internet to distract me! :) While there I […]

In 2010 Wangari Maathai wrote Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World. Not only is this book more recent than her 2003 volume regarding the Green Belt Movement, but in this one she also specifically addresses her thoughts on spirituality within the Movement. She lists the four core values of the […]

So, a quick concluding bit, since I wrote part 4 yesterday while struggling with my brain overheating, in the last hour before the blog was supposed to update — and I'm not sure I was as clear as I could have been… and also because this is the 4th of July, and I feel the […]

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