nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Metaphors for women....

This reminds me of Michael Pollan's Second Nature, which points out that the typical metaphors for nature about about either virginity (untouched nature) or rape (a tremendous amount about industrialization-- for reasons which are unclear to me, the damage done to nature or people by war is typically not compared to rape*). Pollan suggests the relationship between nature is more reasonably viewed as a rather grumpy marriage, which seems reasonable to me.

*It seems to me that war is frequently left out of both moral and financial accounting. It's as though it's a separate magisterium. The situation is changing toward war being judged by the standards of ordinary life, but it certainly hasn't gone all the way.

Link thanks to andrewducker.

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