Sunday, 11 April 2010

Amin Maalouf being a jerk (phallogocentricism)

"I see it as a kind of fertilisation. That is the only comparison that comes to mind: a lot of spermatozoa make for the ovule and one of them succeeds in piercing the membrane. All the other "suitors" are then rejected; henceforth there is just one "father", and it is him that the child will resemble... (metaphore continues on the next page:) But let us leave aside for the moment the word dominance and say instead that mankind was ripe for the emergence of a worldwide civilisation. The egg was ready to be fertilized, and western Europe performed the deed."

Amin Maalouf, In the Name of Identity, Penguin Books, p.70.
(Translated from the French by Barbara Bray)

Dear Maalouf, wasn't it the same you who said this "A life spent writing has taught me to be wary of words." (p.9) and this: "But I think it is important for each of us to become aware that our words are not innocent and without consequence: they may help to perpetuate prejudices which history has shown to be perverse and deadly." (p.22)

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