Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Other (Wo)man?

“schizophrenic split”

It’s a term and concept sprinkled all over feminist and women’s literature. From the historico-religious “Madonna/whore” to the somewhat less sexually-explicit Woman-as-servant versus Woman-as-self-actualizer, we find woman/women in this seemingly inescapable dual mode. And whether it’s the subdued and subservient mother/wife pinned up against the wild and wily witch, or a single woman toggling between the two stereoarcetypes within herself, it is seen as a disharmonious state. Not only does the split cause unwanted conflict, but one mode is clearly more socially acceptable than the other – bet you can guess which one that is.

Monday, December 1, 2008

energy exchange

When it comes to what I’m going to “do with my life,” most people know I’ve bounced around from one idea to the next, sometimes without any apparent logical progression involved. Once upon a time, I thought something was wrong with me for not being able to choose—that is, until Margaret Lobenstine made it okay to be so (ahem, socially acceptably) schizophrenic—we are not crazy, we are Renaissance souls, thank you very much. I’ll revisit this theme later (that is me, miraculously, making a plan), but tonight I want to say that my latest flash of interest is “nutrition counseling” and subsequently talk about energetics… or something of the sort.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Capitalizing on Your Ass(ets)

It was during my late-night televisioning yesterday that I discovered perhaps one of the most remarkable young women of the new millennium. This 22-year-old goes by the name of Natalie Dylan (her real name being too much of a risk to reveal, though her face is now plastered all over the internet) and she has come up with a rather ingenious idea—she is selling her virginity. More specifically, she is holding an auction, but she claims she won’t just give it up to the highest bidder—there has to be an “emotional” connection as well. And while, in the face of a very disapproving crowd of women (I was watching the Tyra Banks Show), she defended her mission with some feminist-like rhetoric, I’ve seen her quoted to have said that the money she earns will be used to pay for due college loans ([ironically], she was a Women’s Studies major) and graduate school. I just wonder which thought occurred to her first—that she can effectively reform gender politics or effortlessly get the funds needed to further her own personal development. But, these are relatively small wrinkles to iron out, which if she does will certainly make for an interesting Masters thesis...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Words on Demand

give me words. paper words. ink words. read words. delicious, edible words. words in the morning, words before bed. whispered words. loud, unapologetic words. sexy words. politically incorrect words. pretty words. words going bump in the night. white words. shadowed and outlined words. words embossed and embedded. secret words. boy words. girl words. in-between words. earthy, cool, and dirty words. disheveled words. words that need work. timely words. clich├ęd words. words unsaid. words of the world. nonsense words. kind words. kid words. words on demand. action words. radioactive radium words. words on the rocks, words on rye. culture words. fuzzy fluffy-bunny words. meow and bloop and poomf words. wtf words. missed words. velvety chocolate words. thank you words. no words. superfluous words. words recycled. words thrown away. new words. doubtful words. a mouthful of words. words wasted. words of prayer. words held within. erased words. chicken-scratch words. wrong words. real words. my words.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

'Types

It seems to me that there’s a fine line between archetypes and stereotypes. Both involve naming/identifying things and associating certain characteristics with those things. Both are roles that people get to play, whether self-imposed or assigned, and whether they want to or not. But whereas a person might aspire to embody a certain archetype, no one ever wants to be stereotyped. Archetype is the fine example to be followed; Stereotype is the cage to avoid being thrown into at all costs. Hmm…

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

La Femme

: the divine object, violated, endlessly sacrificed but always reborn, whose only joy, achieved through a subtle play of images, lies in contemplation of herself.
Pauline Reage

: a miracle of divine contradictions.

Jules Michelet

: not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.

Andrea Dworkin


Despite my biologically assigned sex, my interest in woman began only a few years ago, slowly-but-steadily developing as I ventured deeper and deeper into an ocean teeming with witches, Goddesses, warrior princesses, sirens, vixens with voices, feminists, lesbians, drag queens, belly dancers, scholastic priestesses, and mothers/daughters/sisters that not only dared to dream big but to boldly chase their hearts' desires.