Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
An excellent historical example of increasing patriarchal domination of women, and their ensuing resistance, is feminist historian and professor Ulrike Strasser's "Bones of Contention: Catholic Nuns Resist their Enclosure." The Pütrich nuns of Munich were established in the 13th century. Like all nuns at that time, they were not cloistered and therefore served extensively in [...]
Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women, edited by Barbara Alice Mann, offers us a view of ecofeminism rooted in indigenous women's teachings (one caveat: when I use "we," I am recognizing that I, like the Whites being written about, am speaking from a position of social privilege which is and should [...]
Actually, the physical and mental health benefits of social ties with women are experienced by men and women both — and for married men, these benefits occur even when the women are not present (85-86). As Taylor poetically notes, "women are heavily involved in stitching up all the little rips and tears in the social [...]
The myths about male dominance and female submissiveness are not the only current social issues, however, that I believe merit thoughtful scientific consideration — or rather, already have been studied, but should definitely have the derived data become part of the general public's knowledge base. For example, as mentioned in previous postings, there is currently [...]
I cannot politely say why I think it is that white, Western, and usually male anthropologists feel the need to insist — in the face of constant data to the contrary — that hunting is more masculine, more dangerous, and more prestigious than gathering. However, I find it tragic that such blatant lies about human [...]
It's summertime for me now, and I'm gleefully starting my readings for Fall semester, which doesn't start for another three or so months — this time I won't get caught short on time! I'm going to try reading all the books that really interest me first, so I have plenty of time to ponder them. [...]
There! That's all the reviews of all the books on my booklist for last semester's Ecofeminism comps class. I figured posting the original versions, before they were edited down to fit into the comps essay, would be the most thought-provoking and potentially helpful to both my sister scholars and other curious readers. Now I'll be [...]
Subtly weaving the suggestion to always perform right action — based on the sometimes unrecognized fact of personal relatedness with all life — into one's daily living patterns is one of the most powerful culture-changing tools I am aware of. In this vein, two of the most significant works on praxis within the category of [...]
While Merchant never uses the word ecofeminism in her book, a decade later ecofeminist professors Irene Diamond and Gloria Feman Orenstein deliberately embrace it in order to thoroughly explore its effects and meaning. Their Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism not only exposes the ideological links between the oppressive exploitation of both nature and [...]
The potential and promise of post-patriarchal spirituality is reflected in Starhawk's 20th anniversary edition of her pivotal, bestselling, and now classic 1979 work, The Spiral Dance. Included in this version are the initial book release, the ten year anniversary notes, and an added section for the 20 year anniversary Introduction and notes. Starhawk's original text [...]
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
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