Sunday, April 13, 2003

Also depressed by the looting in the Iraqi museums, and wondering why it is that I am always more upset by the loss of Things (usually Very Old Things...) than the deaths of People. Perhaps it is that ancient artifacts have already lasted so long, and have the potential to last so much longer. Humans and civilizations may die but the evidence that tells us about their lives can be immortal.

On a more cheerful note, Vagina-shaped goddesses? I can't think of any offhand, although there are those statues of ancient fertility goddesses with huge breasts and bellies. Now, I am told that the cultures who worshiped these goddesses were highly gynocentric. I reserve judgment on this subject, mainly because I know that supposed medieval gynocentric religions are all modern inventions, and The Mists of Avalon is fiction, people, fiction!

Women as confusing mistakes by god? I'm not sure I'd put it that way, exactly. Various writers are less fond of women than others, but no one suggests that God was wrong to make them. The thought in the (Christian) Middle Ages is that even if Eve brought the universe into sin, Mary gave it the potential to return to perfection. Of course, this is a summary of hundreds of different authors who all have slightly different views, so there are certainly more and less misogynistic thinkers, but you get the idea.


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