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"Another early reference to the expressionomal is in a letter from Alcuin to Charlemagne in 798, although it is believed to have been in earlier use. The full quotation from Alcuin reads:
Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness."
.....Irony? Anyone? Bueller?
I would definitely recommend reading "The Feminine Mystique" although I thought it was the most boring book I ever loved. It took me about 6 months of passing out with it on my face to get through it. But hey, if you're suffering from insomnia...
...Could we possibly connect this to my post on mob mentality?! Hhahah..just kidding. Kind of. I mean, vox dei does mean "voice of the people". If this is a member of the class, is he expressing his anger here because he's unashamed of doing so in front of the mob that is our digital dialogue?!
I actually had a really, I guess radical, instantaneous answer to your question. I took it to be asking whether or not someone could be sexually gratified just from being mentally/emotionally in love. From a physical standpoint, wouldn't that mean one would be able to "think" him/herself to....gratification? Would that bring us right back to the leaky jar idea of it not being a lasting gratification?
First, I wish I weren't so behind in blogging - this is a great dialogue that you guys have got going here. I also think its awesome to see mainly men discussing the issue of feminism, and not coming up with a one sided argument. Bravo, guys!
BUT. I don't know how many of you have actually read primary sources on feminism. Tony - great reference to bell hooks. As for "The Feminine Mystique," I would like to point out that it brought up the problem in society of gender roles, but not as one that women had especially "allowed" to happen. The book is composed of chapters that individually attack various issues, stereotypes, and phenomena, within the 1950's- and earlier - household society. It's been about 5 years since I read the book, and I should brush up on it, but the part that stuck out in my mind concerned the medication of women for depression. Many women were seeking psychological help, and any other forms of outlet for this feeling of being trapped in a stereotype, and were simply medicated to feel that they no longer had a problem. I would say that this is in no way the woman "allowing" herself to be placed in a situation like this. That brings up the question of how society was reacting to the woman trying to change her own position - and I think we've got the ball rolling on that enough.
Also, on the slavery issue, there was a fair amount of Africans selling out their tribesmen to avoid entrapment themselves. But after having just done a paper that involved the slave trade in Africa, I've come across large amounts of information that focus on the involuntary capture of slaves. A French book called "Voyage au bout de la nuit" [Voyage to the end of the night] by Ferdinand Celine, discusses the violent overtaking of African territories in order to make them colonies, along with the forced emigration of tribesmen and women as slaves to European countries. The Africans generally adopted the theory of surviving in any way possible, rather than giving up their lives in order to avoid being enslaved -although some chose this route.