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Midterm--Lecture Notes - Themes In Class A Womans Body and...

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Unformatted text preview: Themes In Class A Womans Body and How It Is Used o How much women are defined by their bodies o Fertility gods, sexuality o Affects what women are allowed to do and what roles because we bear children o How do we use that? May be limited but how do people turn that back onto society? Women Defined Through Their Relationships With Men o Gain power from having sons, powerful husbands o Manipulate situations for men How A Womans Role Is Divinely Ordained o Interpretations of religious texts do not include women, therefore, how do these laws affect them? Reputation o What makes a girl good or bad? How Did We Go From Worshipping A Female Giver Of Life To A Male Creator? Attitudes About Women And Learning o Smart women are unattractive The Chalice And The Blade How did we go from worshipping birth (Goddess) to war (male) o Life-giver to destroyer o Three stages as we move into patriarchy Partnership Model Goddess worship (but now there are images of powerful men, who are turned into gods) No images of a mother goddess, but G-d the Father Ancient Greece to Christian Greece (shift from the 2 nd stage to the 3 rd stage) Before patriarchy, there was no matriarchy o There was a partnership model, where no one was powering over everyone else There was a collective Matrifocal focus on women, but not dominant Society then became matrilineal Most people lived in small tribal kinship groups, and lived in fear of what they didnt know o Coping with survival was the ultimate focal point o Food and mother were united Could breastfeed up until age 5 When everything else was insecure, mother was comfort Woman in a constant state of pregnancy A lot of images represent the power to create and feed Primary topic in art and architecture o Places symbolize women Red In burial chamber Shaped like a birth canal Men moved into womans house in a partnership Same thing that gave a woman power took it away o Division of labor arose Women not really hunters, menstruation and odor may alert animals Women developed agriculture and tools around their homes Meat from hunt was only occasional, so plants were important Turned into men controlling women, like women only being protected by eunuch servants; for women were a valuable resource for the tribe Fertility goddess arose o Paleolithic 10,000 BC; Old Stone Age; early on, cooperative More of a focus on animals and nature, and not fear of invasion Crete, as an island saw people coming; so did Egypt, for they could see the desert o Here, we see women having power and less of a power hierarchy o How did we get to pregnancy being a confinement? Because nature must be dealt with, we see images of controlling nature, and therefore, women (controlled and planted with a seed like pregnancy) o Women connected with nature like the lunar cycle/menstrual cycle Ruled by our moons...
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