Friday, February 20, 2015

When is the last time you saw a centerfold with hairy armpits?

“Female sex objects abound, but they are all manmade; when is the last time you saw a centerfold with hairy armpits, hairy legs and a bloodflow?

The young girl of the West learns from all these subliminal signals to distrust, to dislike, and be ashamed of her own body and feelings, and those of other women. The femaleness she knows—body hair, sweat, monthly bloodflow, menstrual odor, ovulation discharge—must be hidden, taken care of in secret; while the femaleness men want to see (their own?) must be enhanced, publicly flaunted. Whether she really feels like doing this or not, she sees all the other women doing it. The message is that she must depend on something outside herself (men, male taste) for her self-definition. And she is on her own, isolated. The modern “community of women” exists only to show her how to hide her femaleness. She comes, crazily or with resignation, to associate menstruation with hurts, wounds, body waste, disabilities, shame, curtailment of her freedom. She comes to believe her “lack of freedom” comes from nature, how own biology, rather than resulting directly from patriarchal oppression and male fear.” –Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother

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