By Dionne Brand
Bread Out of Stone is an unique and forceful research of race, intercourse and politics in modern tradition. own and poetic, those essays communicate of issues just about the center of a black author. This evocative and insightful assortment has been absolutely up-to-date and comprises 4 formerly unpublished essays. She turns her transparent, unflinching eye to problems with intercourse and sexism; male violence towards girls; how Black ladies study the erotic; the stereotypes of Black ladies in pop culture and the centrality of Whiteness in definitions of Canadian tradition. and he or she examines her own historical past.
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IV, ch. 1. As I noted earlier, many Greeks believed that the woman played no germinating role in conception at all, but was merely an incubator. Greek theories of reproduction are summarized in Angus McLaren, A History of Contraception: From Antiquity to the Present Day 17-22 (1990). 30. The first edition of Aristotle's Master-Piece (1690), a popular treatise on sex, stated-as most women and many men must long have known-that women did not have to reach orgasm in order to conceive. Roy Porter, "'The Secrets of Generation Display'd: Aristotle's Master-Piece in Eighteenth-Century England," in Unauthorized Sexual Behavior during the Enlightenmerzt, note 27 above, at 1, 9.
1. The more radical idea that homosexuality itself is a social construct was not original with Foucault either; it was proposed in Mary McIntosh, "The Homosexual Role," 16 Social Problems 182 (1968). 16. "The Gender Revolution and the Transition from Bisexual Horde to Patrilocal Band: The Origins of Gender Hierarchy," in Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality 31, 4S (Sherry G. Ortner and Harriet Whiteheads eds. 1981). See also id. , Theoretical Sexology 25 grammar to designate the sexes viewed as social rather than biological classes-is as arbitrary as Americans' insistence, as he believes it to be, on dividing the people of the United States into two races.
3. 38. Feminism Unmodified, note 9 above, at 7. "39 She believes that Playboy magazine is to women what the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is to Jews. She seems to have bought into Adrienne Rich's position-the reductio ad absurdum of social constructionism applied to sex-that heterosexuality is itself a male invention and imposition,40 for she writes that "the major distinction between intercourse (normal) and rape (abnormal) is that the normal happens so often that one can't get anyone to see anything wrong with it.
Bread Out of Stone: Recollections, Sex, Recognitions, Race, Dreaming, Politics by Dionne Brand