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Nailo
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Hi staff [Smile]

I just read the article "I being woman and suppressed", and it reminded me of a passage from Milan Kundera's "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting", where he quotes Annie Leclerc. When I read it, I felt really proud of my beautiful womanhood. Thought I'd share it with you:

Breast-feeding too is a joy, even giving birth a sensual pleasure and menstruating a delight, with that "warm saliva, that dark milk, that warm, syrupy blood flow, that pain with the scalding taste of happiness."

Have a nice day [Smile]

Nailo

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"Love does not make itself in the desire for copulation, but in the desire for shared sleep." - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

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I LOVE Kundera so, so very much.

I'd forgotten all about that quote, too: thanks for the reminder, Nailo!

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Kundera is hands down my favourite author. My Unbearable Lightness and "Laughter and Forgetting" are full of post its to mark my favourite passages. Here's another one, along those lines, about the character Edwige:

"She refused to acknowledge that a naked face is innocent and a naked behind shameless. She did not understand why the salty fluid that trickles from our eyes is sublimely poetic and the fluid we emit below our bellies is disgusting...

She was in fact much more natural naked than dressed, as if in rejecting her clothes she was also rejecting the difficult condition of womanhood in order to become simply a human being, without sexual characteristics. As if sex resided in clothes and nakedness were a state of sexual neutrality...

"Look, even old bodies, even sick bodies are beautiful as soon as they're only bodies, bodies without clothes. They're as beautiful as nature... Human ugliness is the ugliness of clothes."

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"Love does not make itself in the desire for copulation, but in the desire for shared sleep." - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

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Thanks you so much for sharing that, Nailo! Now I know what I need to pick up for summer reading. [Smile]

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I'm reading Kundera right now! Such wonderful summer reading [Smile] My boyfriend's favorite book is "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and whenever I miss him I pick up this book and read a few pages, I love his writing style... So beautiful..
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Nailo
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"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is my favourite book too!! That's where the quote under my posts comes from [Big Grin] I have about 30 post its in that book. The narrator is so clever and the whole writing is so eloquent ^^ a MUST read. And now that we're talking about menstruation and womanhood and its suppression, my next favourite book is "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. I highly recommend it [Smile] .
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I will check out this book you guys are talking about! I'm so glad you mentioned it because I'm always looking for a meaningful read that celebrates women.

I have to say, I cringed at first in "I Being Woman and Surpressed" because I am ashamed of all those things because that's the only way I've been taught--I mean, that's no excuse, but it just never even occured to me to think of it as anything by negative! This is an important message to get out there! I mean, if women just learned about this perspective, all women, it could be a huge step in women's mentality. I guess American culture is just not in tune with this attitude. I feel so much stronger now that I can think about this differently! It was a great work of writing.

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I sometimes feel like the odd one out because I just feel indifferent to my period. It's not some celebration of my womanhood or shameful and disgusting. It's just my period. Shrug.
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