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February 27, 2012

The voice of the mind

"There is nothing more important to true growth than realising that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it."

~ Michael A. Singer

{Image credit: Wikimedia Commons\Koba-chan}

February 25, 2012

The Curse of Eve?

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It always strikes a nerve with me when someone talks about Eve's curse - the one God supposedly dealt her after she tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Firstly, Adam was an adult right? It's not like Eve forced him to do squat...

Anyway, many believe that God cursed Eve with painful childbirth. The pain she experiences, in most translations, is her punishment for her disobedience, while Adam's 'toil' is his punishment. However, we don't see the latter as a punishment - in fact, gardening and other such activities are seen in an honourable light. Meanwhile, pain during childbirth is seen as a 'curse'.

But was if this is not the pain God was referring to? I recently read a post on Feminism and Religion questioning this fact.

According to the author, it is possible that the word 'pain' was mistranslated, and it could have been 'sorrow', and in this way, Eve's punishment was that her children would forever be parted from God.

Although I personally believe that the Bible is one of the mechanisms that helped to inspire centuries' worth of the discrimination of women, it is an insightful idea about what the curse might really be.

On the other hand, there is the belief that humanity is actually a hybrid of one or more alien life forms with a creature from Earth, and because of this hybridisation, human women are actually not capable of giving birth. Without the advent of technology, women had a 50/50 chance of surviving childbirth. Strange odds if childbirth is a natural thing, don't you think?

What are your thoughts on this concept?

{Image credit: Michelangelo Buonarroti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons}

February 20, 2012

Just Read || The Female Thing

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'The Female Thing' is a somewhat controversial look at the psyche of the female, and how it has been determined by society and certain of its aspects.

The book's publisher claims that the work is in the vein of The Female Eunuch - a book that is on my shelf awaiting my attention - but I somehow don't think it's quite as interested in showing off its knowledge of feminism as it is interested in looking, with alternating humour and seriousness, at the way the modern female is structured.

I really enjoyed this book, and could practically not put it down: it is filled with interesting tidbits of knowledge and history; it takes a comical look at women's internal conflicts and their relation to men; and points out all the inconsistencies we supposedly represent in society.

The work is more about exposing feminism as another societal control mechanism, along with patriarchy, porn, purity, dirt, sex, and much more. She utters the horrible truth that society, capitalism, and feminism all depend on the female's sense of inadequacy, which always exists, and she also takes a look at how this construct possibly came about.

The book consists of four chapters: envy, sex, dirt, and vulnerability. I wouldn't be able to choose a single one, as every one of them hits various nails on the head that are all part of building the throne that women are at once placed upon and thrown down from. Kipnis talks about purity, rape, porn, control, independence...

There is so much information in the chapters that it bears another read, perhaps this time with pen in hand and sticky notes at the ready.

Have you read this, or do you have any suggestions for further reading?

February 2, 2012

Abortions Based on Sex Selection - Your Thoughts?

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I just read a blog referring to an editorial called "It's a Girl - Could Be A Death Sentence", which talks about how the prevalence of immigrants in Canada aborting their phoetuses if they're female more often.

Reading this comes on the back of an article from my all-time favourite site The Good Men Project about how it feels for a woman to have a child, to breast feed, to have this connection with something so lacking personality and so dependent yet so loved.

When I think about becoming a mother, at the very back of my mind is how important the sex of my baby is. Personally, I don't mind whether it's a boy or a girl, as long as it's healthy.

But imagine falling pregnant and living with this fear that your child is a girl? Imagine how this fear eats away at you as you sit in the doctor's chair for your first ultrasound to find out what sex the baby is. Imagine carrying this little life inside of you - this part of you - but knowing it all - life, motherhood, parenting - depends on its gender. I cannot imagine what goes through a mother's mind to choose to kill their child based purely on its gender.

This is such a difficult situation, because some people would say aborting the child simply because of its sex is not logical, nor is it practical. But the problem is that, if this is what the mother wants, then who are we to tell her otherwise? If we are to deny her the right to choose, then we are simply "[perpetuates] beliefs about women's lives being less important and less valuable than those of men" even more so than the act of killing a female child itself.

Do you agree?

Image from Wikimedia Commons, Inferis