By Judy Grahn
"Blood, Bread, and Roses" reclaims women's myths and tales, chronicling the ways that women's activities and the instructing of fantasy have interacted over the millenia. Grahn argues that tradition has been a weaving among the genders, a sharing of knowledge derived from menstruation. Her wealthy interpretations of historical menstrual rites supply us a brand new and hopeful tale of culture's beginnings according to the mixing of physique, brain, and spirit present in women's traditions. "Blood, Bread, and Roses" bargains we all a manner again to figuring out the genuine that means of women's menstraul power.Foreword through Charlene Spretnak"[Grahn's] exciting expedition via folklore, delusion, faith, anthropology and historical past bespeaks a feminist conviction that male starting place tales has to be balanced through a attractiveness of women's relevant position in shaping civilization." -Publishers Weekly
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Extra info for Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World
One American mother in Spain told of buying a cupcake for her child in a bakery. There was no wastebasket visible, so the mother told the child to put the paper wrapper on the counter. The woman behind the counter good-naturedly scolded the child for putting rubbish on the counter. ” she said. In Spanish cafés and bars, all the wastepaper and crumbs from the counter are routinely swept onto the floor, creating a mess that is not cleaned up until closing time and that has dissuaded more than one foreigner from venturing in.
Spaniards feel they 50 know someone well because they have known them a long time, not because they know everything about them. The Spanish lifestyle is conducive to maintaining a dense network of long-term relationships. In general, changes occur less frequently, work pressures are less intense, schedules are more relaxed, and family commitments are less restrictive. For example, a Spanish woman might receive a phone call at work from a former coworker she hasn’t seen in years but who was able to locate her easily because she has not changed jobs.
It belongs to the family and, therefore, to each member. Many adult Americans maintain close ties to their immediate family (parents and siblings), but few are involved with their extended family to the extent that is typical with Spaniards. This is partly because the size of the United States and the mobility of individuals mean that many Americans only see their extended family at occasional reunions. Those Spaniards who have moved away from their hometown or village for work or study typically return for at least a part of every annual vacation.
Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World by Judy Grahn