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2021.04.13.02

… de Beauvoir writes, “This is to say that the drama does not unfold on a sexual level; sexuality, moreover, has never seemed to us to define a destiny or to provide in itself the key to human behavior, but to express the totality of a situation it helps define”… i am less sure of this, instinct is a profound driver of human behavior, the instinct to procreate is among the most profound drivers, and then to nourish and protect progeny, this is what nature has offered us as the basic fabric of our being, the overwhelming desire to project our genes into the next generation… … 2021.04.13.02

2021.04.12.02

de Beauvoir considers the problem of woman and casual sex, that for many reasons, it is not an easy option for woman, those options being largely biological in nature, the threat of getting pregnant, the threat of picking up a man that will do her harm, the fact that paying for sex is not satisfying to woman the way it is to man … 2021.04.12.02

2021.04.10.03

… about Gem Fletcher… the author of the article on photography and women’s issues [that i focused considerable attention on yesterday]… … 2021.04.10.03

2021.04.10.02

… the book is about two girls, now young women, now mothers… it is a straightforward capturing of their growing up, JB loves the book, i am less enthralled, largely because i never had the experience of raising children and watching them progress, nor close access to the children that were being raised by my brother, sister, and brothers and sisters in law… moreover, i don’t photograph people… … 2021.04.10.02

20210409.05

It’s this idea that as a cis woman, I have this kind of internalised male gaze within my consciousness. I’m always watching myself. It’s about how those images have changed our subjectivity, our psyche and our sense of being in the world. It’s a type of power that is, in a sense, insurmountable. … 20210409.05

20210409.04

one thing occurs to me, the two patriarchs are both damaged and degenerate in their own ways… it is a decaying patriarchy… the women all have it together better than the men in the show… it will be interesting to see how this develops over the three seasons of the show… … 20210409.04

20210409.02

… the situation of woman in the world of work is complicated, womanhood is still in transition, manhood as well, since the patriarchal system has to adjust itself to the idea of multiarchy, that is, an equality of the sexes where the male does not necessarily dominate and in which he shares, according to his economic power relative to woman, in the responsibilities of maintaining family, home… … 20210409.02

2021040705

… [an odd spread on Nofar Hatuka], a designer of fashion?… it features a woman who gives the physical impression of being in her 30’s, not the usual late teen model… this image stands out: … 2021040705

2021040704

… i learn about Carol Gilligan, “North American feminist and developmental psychologist,” as influence on the construction of Piotrowska’s images… … 2021040704