What I’m reading this week (version 3.03.11)


Following the discussion on gender issues mentioned in my last post has led me to some interesting sites (that’s if you’re interested in gender and identity issues).  Warning: except for the first one, [sorry, should have scrolled down further before posting] these are NSFW (not safe for work)

The House of Vines: whose thoughtful and thought-provoking use of lolcats should be applauded [http://thehouseofvines.wordpress.com/]

Transgression: School Sucks [http://tranarchism.com/2011/02/18/school-sucks/]

femme guy!: the spirit of the solstice, part II [http://femmeguy.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/the-spirit-of-solstice-is-still-living-here-part-ii-when-the-sacred-masculine-isnt/]

foxfetch: In Our Own Image – towards a transcentric paganism [http://foxfetch.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/in-our-own-image-transcentric-paganism/]

[links coming added properly just as soon as the widgety thing starts behaving itself]


As part of my studies, I’ve started reading Ecofeminism and the sacred, edited by Carol J Adams.  I’ve been interested in ecofeminism for awhile, so it’s good to get kicked into doing some of the reading!

These quotes are from the end of the first essay, Rosemary Radford Ruether’s “Ecofeminism: Symbolic and social connections of the oppression of women and the domination of nature”

Nature does not need us to rule over it, but runs itself very well, even better, without humans.  We are the parasites of the food chain of life, consuming more and more, and putting too little back to restore and maintain the life system that supports us.

The sustaining of an organic community of plant and animal life is a continual cycle of growth and disintegration.  The western flight from mortality is a flight from the disintegration side of the life cycle, from accepting ourselves as part of that process.  By pretending that we can immortalize ourselves, souls and bodies, we are immortalizing our garbage and polluting the earth.  In order to learn to recycle our garbage as fertilizer for new life, as matter for new artifacts, we need to accept our selfhood as participating in the same process.  Humans also are finite organisms, centers of experience in a life cycle that must disintegrate back into the nexus of life and arise again in new forms.


Author: verdant1

belly dancer, mother, student, public servant, shaman, knitter, sister, feminist, gardener and a lot more...

One thought on “What I’m reading this week (version 3.03.11)”

  1. I agree with the idea that we use too much of nature and don’t give back enough. I am going to look up that book since nature and gender are two of my greatest interests.

    I do think it’s easy as humans to not think of ourself as finite organisms. It’s easy to not see our connections to the environment and how it would survive without us. Maybe if we were more aware of our life cycles we could be better people.


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