Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin

By Susan Griffin

In this famously provocative cornerstone of feminist literature, Susan Griffin explores the id of girls with the earth—both as sustenance for humanity and as sufferer of male rage. ranging from Plato’s fateful department of the area into spirit and topic, her research of the way patriarchal Western philosophy and faith have used language and technological know-how to reinforce their energy over either ladies and nature is marvelous and persuasive, coming alive in poetic prose.
Griffin attracts on an brilliant diversity of sources—from timbering manuals to clinical texts to Scripture and classical literature—in displaying how harmful has been the impulse to disembody the human soul, and the way the lengthy separated may well once again be rejoined. Poet Adrienne wealthy calls Woman and Nature “perhaps the main striking nonfiction paintings to have merged from the matrix of up to date lady consciousness—a fusion of patriarchal technology, ecology, girl heritage and feminism, written via a poet who has created a brand new shape for her imaginative and prescient. ...The e-book has the influence of an outstanding movie or a fresco; but it truly is in detail own, touching to the fast of woman’s experience.”

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That the power of the devil lies in the privy parts of men. That women act as the devil’s agent and use flesh as bait. That women under the power of the devil meet with him secretly, in the woods (in the wilderness), at night. That they kiss him on the anus. That they offer him pitch-black candles, which he lights with a fart. That they anoint themselves with his urine. ” That a mass is held, with a naked woman’s body as an altar, feces, urine and menstrual blood upon her ass. That the devil copulates with all the women in this orgy, in this ritual.

1543 Copernicus publishes De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. (She is asked if she is in a state of grace. She is asked if St. ) 1571 Johannes Kepler born. 1572 Augustus the Pious issues Consultationes Saxionicae, stating that a good witch must be burned because she has made a pact with the devil. (She confesses that she falsely pretended to have revelations from God and his angels, from St. Catherine and St. ) 1585 Witch burnings in two villages leave one female inhabitant each. 1589 Francis Bacon is made clerk of the Star Chamber.

Bird’s eggs, flowers, butterflies, rabbits, cows, sheep; we are caterpillars; we are leaves of ivy and sprigs of wallflower. We are women. We rise from the wave. We are gazelle and doe, elephant and whale, lilies and roses and peach, we are air, we are flame, we are oyster and pearl, we are girls. We are woman and nature. And he says he cannot hear us speak. But we hear. BOOK ONE MATTER How Man Regards and Makes Use of Woman and Nature So this was how it looked, the determining, the crucial sky, and this was how man moved through it, remote above the dwindled earth, the concealed human life.

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