Gossips, Gorgons Crones is the first comprehensive analysis of nuclear age culture and the accompanying return of female Powers Based in feminist, pre patriarchal, and Native American philosophies, this book provides a biting critique of patriarchal practices, myths, and values, including family values....
|Title||:||Gossips, Gorgons and Crones: The Fates of the Earth|
|Publisher||:||Bear Company October 1, 1993|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||564 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Gossips, Gorgons and Crones: The Fates of the Earth Reviews
A powerful and influential book. I have bought this for other women!
This is an amazing and inspiring work with a prologue by several ecofeminists that just happen to be the daughters of the men who were the scientists behind the Manhattan project. These women now seek to heal the nuclear age that their fathers helped put in motion, and stop nuclear proliferation. Despite what one reviewer said about the book being "poorly researched" and "vague" it is actually replete with in depth and obscure research, into pre-Hellenistic Greek mythology, Native American lore, nuclear power advertisements, and so much more. It's non-linear and somewhat scatological interweaving of many different threads and ideas to me is in its way very feminine, like Virginia Woolf's idea of the "feminine sentence" - shifting perspective, the .... the implied ( ). Also it is very in tune with Joseph Campbell and Jung's ideas of common mythological archetypes across cultures, as well as the way that symbols change over time or are appropriated and manipulated by different cultures. After reading this book I was inspired to create a painting of Medusa as a beautiful, enchanting, empowered Goddess - the pre-Hellenist gorgon who was one with Innana, Ishtar, Isis and Athena - rather than a punished victim, she is a beautiful and strong protector of women's sacred spaces. I've purchased multiple copies of this book to give to friends - it is so eye-opening to our cultural symbolism, and inspires me to love nature, mother earth, and stand up for peace. And yes - though contradictory, the bomb has taken on symbolism both masculine and feminine (as many symbols do). You only need to watch "Dr. Strangelove" or watch some jokes on the Daily Show to see that it is a common comic, satiric trope that missiles and nukes have phallic symbolic overtones, and then on the opposite end, look to terms like "bombshell" or the etymological roots of the "bikini" or that Rita Hayworth's pin up poster was pasted on one of the nukes that careened into Japan, to know that there is a weird female symbolism with nuclear power (especially of women's visual effect on men. Also on the need for nuclear power plants to be controlled and tended to by men, like a fragile, volatile female, in all that crazy 1950's and 1960's nuclear power advertising, manuals and literature to realize there was something a little freaky going on in these (often very egotistical) men's minds in regards to the bomb and nuclear power. It's like an episode of Mad Men or something, it gives you an insight to the mentality of the time. Read between the lines, learn about symbols, and enjoy this fascinating book!
I'm sorry, but this book just did not work for me. I sympathize with many eco-feminist notions, but this book makes poorly researched and shaky claims, seeking to link together variables that have no connection, making generalized, fluffy arguments.
People use that phrase all the time til it has no meaning but when I read this book it really did blow my mind. A powerful trip through modern culture that really holds nothing back. I was in a daze after reading this book but am so very glad I did. It gave me a whole new perspective on why modern society is so messed up. It condems the social construct that allows people to hurt and even distroy one another and our home the earth with out remorse. I totally love this book and wish more people would read it.