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Cixous is trying to figure out - I think - which version of the man she loved and why. That was my approach to reading this, as one dips in and out of a calm sea. That the sea is calm is a feature of age and its ability to analyze and forgive both self and other. Nov 07, Holly rated it liked it. It's taken me a while but I've finally got round to reading it and it was, hard to describe. I enjoyed reading it, some aspects more than others, but it is definitely one that requires your full attention, and often it was easier to appreciate when read aloud.
Cixous has a beautiful vocabulary however, incredibly vibrant and glittering, which certainly pulled you in many ti 3. Cixous has a beautiful vocabulary however, incredibly vibrant and glittering, which certainly pulled you in many times over. Feb 26, Marcia rated it liked it.
There are many wonderful passages in this book, enough to keep me reading even though the the fragmented nature of both its structure and my time made it nearly impossible for me to really get immersed in it. There is no story or plot to speak of -- or rather, there is one, but it is so obliquely related as to be all but impenetrable to me.
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Get this edition. Adivinanzas y Colmos Spanish Edition? I read nearly all of this at the doctor's office. Among those more fully colored, we can see that quite a bit of artistic license was taken. A slightly later version of the image ca. Another woodcut on the same theme, — Source. According to Dackerman, twentieth-century art historians and collectors denigrated color, seeing it as nothing more than a way to hide the flaws of poorly-executed engravings and woodcuts. Well-executed prints, they argued, needed no color at all.
This disdain for colored prints helped to obscure their place in art history. In many of these images, the paint seems hastily applied.
This haphazard coloring was often a result of the artist having many prints to paint rather than a lack of skill. Artists applied paint freehand, using a brush, but they sometimes employed stencils made from extra impressions of the images in order to paint more quickly. Many works were colored not by professionals, but by readers. A lot of the examples we have found of hand-colored illustrations come from botanical works and herbals.
And in these the link between botany and painting persisted. Botanical works were particularly suitable for readers who wanted to engage directly with a physical book, because they offered images of things that could be observed in the natural world. Although the images in this particular copy of The Florist were left uncolored, the owner used the book to press actual plants. Many botanical works were heavily annotated, sometimes by several different owners, and pressed plants are often found in their pages.
By the nineteenth century, these books became increasingly popular. Although they helped children develop artistic skills, creativity was not particularly prized.
The early modern examples less so. It seems the therapeutic effects were not unnoticed at the time either. As for the modern trend in adult coloring books, critics have charged marker-wielding grown-ups with being childish, and have alleged that the success of these books is a product of a dumbed-down culture. It may indeed be a fad, but it also has a longer history. So, the next time you buy an adult coloring book or get excited about Color Our Collections Week, know that you are not being childish. Rather, you are taking part in a long tradition of printed images that were meant to be colored.
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You put it together, and of course you're going to find that. Who's talking about this myth? Is it a marginal group of people, radical feminists? I think it's much more mainstream than that. There are people who you would think of as fringe and radical, but there are also a lot of housewives in suburbia who are attracted to it because it gives them a way to think positively about the things they value in their lives, like being feminine or being a mother.
How did Catalhoyuk [the Neolithic city in what's now Turkey] become such an important part of the prehistory? Primarily because it was situated in the right time and the right place for it to fit what the myth already believed about where matriarchy occurred. More important, though, is that the archaeologist who excavated the site in the s was a partisan of this matrilineal theory, so he interpreted everything that way.
The second advantage is that the excavations had been shut down for 30 years and so you couldn't pull contradictory evidence out of the ground. She points to reliefs of bulls' heads. The matriarchalists say that the reason they use bulls' heads is because they're in the shape of a uterus and fallopian tubes. Their argument is that the reason these people stuck all of these cow heads on their walls was in order to celebrate female reproductive powers.
So they had to know about fallopian tubes and ovaries.
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If you ask someone now they can draw a picture of the female reproductive system from textbook diagrams, but when you actually dissect someone? Fallopian tubes are just teeny, and you wouldn't notice that they were connected if you weren't looking for it. In fact, I think you can go back and look at earlier Western medical textbooks and they've got ovaries and a uterus but the tubes aren't a part of it. Are there any examples of a matriarchy at any point in time? Any ethnographic evidence? I don't know a single feminist archaeologist who says that there is good, material evidence for a society whose gender roles were egalitarian or matriarchal.
There are people who say it was probably better than it is now, and that's an argument you have to make from ethnographies. They say that hunting-and-gathering cultures were more egalitarian than contemporary cultures because they were smaller and everybody knew each other personally. You couldn't pull rank, and women were not bracketed off into public-private space of men's work and women's home.
There's another idea in matriarchal theory that women were revered because men didn't know their part in conception.
Supposedly the men thought women were making babies on their own. But people have always watched animals having sex, so they must have noticed that there were consequences. The original idea is that people didn't notice because you can have sex without getting pregnant and that pregnancy is nine months down the line. So why would you connect this activity to that one? Is there any historical or archaeological support for the idea that people didn't think conception was a result of intercourse? There isn't anything historical or archaeological.
It's ethnographic, and there are anthropologists who claim to have learned from their informants that these people didn't think there was a connection. But it seems like what people all over the world were doing was saying that sex was a necessary but not a sufficient condition for pregnancy?
In our case, we use the scientific explanation that in addition to having sex you have to be ovulating and you have to get the sperm together with the egg. If you're not using a scientific approach, there are other things that happen, like God breathes life into your womb, or a dream child enters your womb or something like that. That's what was going on in these other cultures. Why are matriarchalists so interested in reproduction and motherhood as part of the history? I think childbirth gets seized on because if you're looking for something that is unarguably, specifically female, childbirth wins the prize.
But there's no reason to think that if men believed that women were just popping these babies out of their wombs, then women would be revered as goddesses. Everybody thinks it's pretty important to have another generation, so it's not a ridiculous argument to say that women would have a special status if it really was thought that men couldn't influence reproduction in any way.
But again, we don't see that happening, because the societies that say that men don't have any role in reproduction say that sex isn't necessary, but men always have a role.