Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Women and Yoga”

“Women and Yoga” From about the age of twelve or thirteen, I have wanted to be the kind of saint who could merge her own consciousness with God’s.  It was never clear to me whether this longing was really for … Continue reading

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“Kid Stuff”

Illustration by Kurt Wiese in  All The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling “Kid Stuff”  In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir writes that women often preface a remark or opinion by saying, “when I was a little girl,” when what … Continue reading

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“A Woman’s Honor”

“A Woman’s Honor” In Europe in the 1920’s, when everybody suddenly discovered they were “modern,” my mother was importuned by a young man to be “modern” in the way of most interest to him.  When her answer was negative, he … Continue reading

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“Christianity, Judaism, and Women”

“Christianity, Judaism, and Women” I don’t know how you feel about this, but I take for granted that a religion represents (among other things) an erotic style.  If I were to convert to another religion, I would be changing the … Continue reading

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