Thursday, 6 February 2014

yoma 88

seeing semen on Yom Kippur - is this a good or a bad sign?

or just a sign that minds can only see out of the gendered bodies that hold them.

(being a ba'al keri, seeing semen on Yom Kippur, is interpreted positively - forgive all sins! guarantee place in World to Come! - snigger - long life! but this fascination with semen, if it is good or bad, shows how male-centric the life-expereinces described in the Talmud. it's not a newsflash! sudden revelation! that the male experience is the norm. but it is still shocking when you have laid bare just how much the gender of bodies we have determines how we see the world)

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