Beaten Meat

It’s a thin line between worshipping a woman and lacerating her. Are women victims of a capitalist cannibalism? In our patriarchal society, as we know, there are many strategies by which women’s bodies are disempowered, controlled and degraded to (pleasure) objects. Something similar happens to (farm) animals, which are literally branded as mere consumer goods, and have to satisfy the culinary lusts of their oppressors. Is the trade in female flesh as sexual and social capital comparable to the animal meat market? Are not both based on exploitation and/or violence? An exaggerated idea? Or simply a fact too painful to be allowed to be true? Perhaps it is time to put our finger deeper into the wound…

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BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZERS:
»The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory« (1990) by Carol J. Adams: In her book Adams illuminates the connections between sexist and racist discrimination and the dictate to eat meat, and draws a link between feminism and vegetarianism. In her argument, she elaborates a cultural link between fanatical meat-eating, masculinity mania, and violence. She shows the masculine lustful view of women and animals that is bent on consumption. In her view, refusing to eat other living beings is an act of solidarity and a meaningful form of resistance to patriarchy.

»Figure with meat« (1954) by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. The figure in Bacon’s painting is based on the Pope Innocent X portrait by Diego Velázquez. In the Bacon painting the Pope is shown as a gruesome figure and placed between two bisected halves of a cow. Bacon weds the imagery of worldly decadence, power and carnal sensuality, and he contrasts those things with his own far more palpable and existential view of damnation.

Beat your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.

Crotch Blossom

Would you call a flower ugly, just because its petals are bigger than the petals of other flowers? It may be a question of fondness. Some like roses, others prefer clitoria. (Yes, that’s also a real flowers genus.) But you can hardly say, that one of them is ugly. Of course a vulva is not a flower, although their appearances are similarly varied. Is that a bad thing? No? Then why all this fuss and false shame on the subject of vulvas?

In developed countries labia »correction« by puffing or cutting is a beauty trend. In some African countries little girls suffer genital mutilation, because it’s a traditional practice. The oppression of women is a global problem and misogyny has many faces. What are the reasons? Who’s afraid of an unmodified vulva? Are these questions just appropriate for feminists to ask? What do we know about the female genitalia at all? How many people still believe that the clitoris is a tiny nodule, even though it can be up to 12 cm in size? Why do men (and women) still believe the myth of the hymen? And why is talking about menstruation (and diseases such as endometriosis or the PCO syndrome) such a taboo?

I think, it is time to set the razor blade on our ways of thinking and no longer between women’s legs…

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BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZERS:
The Somalian model, author and social activist against female genital mutilation (FGM) Waris Dirie. She suffered genital mutilation when she was three years old. In her book, »Desert Flower«, she tells her autobiographical story.

The American sex toy entrepreneur Brian Sloan. Originator and host of the world’s first vagina [sic] beauty contest. It’s up to you to judge…

I hope you will discuss this collage.
Flower out your mind!

THE MIND BOTANIST
D.B.