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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

2021040802

… this chapter is about the translation of woman’s love for man into devotion and love of man’s god(s)… it is a spiritual endeavor pursued because of the untenable position of woman loving man for many women… … 2021040802

2021040702

… de Beauvoir has hope for the relations between man and woman and for the lot of woman, but only if the alternate universe of the feminine can start to loose its strictly defined boundaries and allow woman agency in the world… this is happening, too slowly perhaps, but it is happening… gender fluidity is a thing, and it rises… … 2021040702

2021040502

… de Beauvoir takes it as given that this is a social construct, not necessarily a construct of nature as it regards the human species… we don’t bother with these distinctions for any other animal, amongst the other animals, sex is sex, procreation is procreation, the goal is as Bertrand Russel put it, “to turn as much of the planet into themselves as possible,”… why then do we bother with these distinctions?, because as we progress technologically and socially, what was dependent on biology is less so, and humans are freed to begin to challenge the dictates of their biology… humanity at the social level is ever shifting… … 2021040502

2021040301

… to me, an ideal love relationship is that of two physical-spiritual centers in orbit around one-another… not fully independent, not fully dependent… a stable system that stands united in equilibrium against all but the most extreme pushes and pulls of surrounding space through time… and yet, these two physical-spiritual centers at times, reach into one another in moments of extreme intimacy to become a universal one… … 2021040301

What is Love?

… to me, an ideal love relationship is that of two physical-spiritual centers in orbit around one-another… not fully independent, not fully dependent… a stable system that stands united in equilibrium against all but the most extreme pushes and pulls of surrounding space through time… and yet, these two physical-spiritual centers at times, reach into one another in moments of extreme intimacy to become a universal one… … What is Love?

09-2021

This week... i continued my reading of The Second Sex... i am on the chapter on motherhood, the demands child bearing and child rearing place on women, societal attitudes towards abortion, the stake that men have (or don't have) in home and family... de Beauvoir paints a bleak picture of the marriage enterprise as currently constituted, as it too often "diminishes man" and "destroys woman"... much has changed since the book was written, the roles of men and women have grown more equal even if still unbalanced, and it is in a well balanced relationship that men and women can be most successful together, as family, as man, as woman... several examples of gender fluidity came to my attention this week... in particular fashion designer Richard Tischi argues that society should respect a range of gender concepts within what is though of as male... his current men's collection for Burberry features male and female models... my Iwachu cast iron omelette pan arrived this week, i began to produce omelettes that did not stick so i am on to refining my technique and i have decide to keep an omelette diary... an article on leather fetish fashion caught my attention because it is fetish fashion for women, designed by a woman and photographed by a woman... the sexy presentation of model and fetish fashion is very sexy and while produced by the female gaze, certainly attracts my male gaze, so i wonder where if falls in the world of objectification of women and whether there are feminist concerns... increasingly i am coming to the conclusion that there is a broad range of how men and women present themselves and the main thing is not to insist an narrow definitions of what is appropriate or attractive or beautiful... gender expression is ideally fluid... because i am developing a series of Mt. Beacon views, i researched Hokusai's 36 views of Mt. Fuji, and remembered Jeff Wall's "A Sudden Gust of Wind, (after Hokusai)" image and include it alongside Hokusai's original "A Sudden Gust of Wind" below... … 09-2021

03-2021

… here, i am led to think about the white supremacist claim to be “patriots” reclaiming the honor and glory of their country which, as supermen and women, they alone have the right to lead… we are culturally very close to making the tragic mistake of Germans under Nazism… … 03-2021