Fire was ahead of its time; taking on controversial topics like lesbianism, and feminism in equally controversial contexts of (a narrowly defined) religious and sexual setting. It brushes aside censorship rules about lip to lip kissing and nudity. What I found most refreshing was how vividly it contrasts with other movies of its times in portraying women. I am quite disgusted by the spinelessness that women characters were given during that time. Anything a man did was acceptible, even physical violence, because he was the husband. A woman had no right to expect or ask for more than what he was willing to give. She would quiety cry but never speak out. This was portrayed as the qualities of a good wife! The namesakes of two goddesses/mythical women are shown as strong enough to leave their unsatisfactory, loveless marriages for something they believe and commit to.
Identities Preferences and Behaviour
Where does the self come from? Identity and our definitions of our ‘self’ are a result of what we’ve been taught from the beginning of our lives.
It starts with ones name. When a baby is repeatedly called a certain name and it learns to respond, it is because it understands that it is being called, as a separate being from others. When it is shown its reflection in the mirror, which moves the same way it does, it begins to understand its body as different and separate from other things. Every concept it is taught builds the network from which other thoughts and concepts can be understood. When a child builds this network and is given opportunities to apply it for him/herself, that is the birth of an individual’s mind.
Some of my old friends from Sydney stayed over for (too) few days. It was really fun. We went to Arthur’s Seat again…veerrrry windy!!
Dear readers, I’ve finally started to shed my inertia and write properly again. Here is the next set of Dialogues we had. J: Just to clarify, was it the Old Testament which said the earth was flat? And what do you think of witchcraft? You think it’s possible? I’m reading ‘Small is Beautiful’ by E.F.Schumacher … [Read more…]
S: In response to your questions: What is relativism? It’s the philosophical position that all points of view are equally valid and that all truth is relative to the individual. So basically all moral positions, religious systems, political movements, etc., are truths that are relative to the individual. I guess then a relativist wouldn’t believe … [Read more…]
I have a friend who I found last September after nearly 9 years of no contact. We initially had no idea that we would become close again. After all, we had been brought up in different countries. But the bond lasts and grows with every email we write. Our favourite (hence recurrent) topic seems to … [Read more…]