2012 A-Z Blogging Challenge (Places I've Lived)

A-Z Challenge: Places I’ve Lived

I must be nuts, I’m doing it again!  And I’m moving again.  In the middle of the challenge.  It makes me think I should blog about moving.  I could also blog my poems.  As I write this I’m really not sure what I’ll blog – but for some insane reason, I’m doing it again! As if I haven’t got enough to do.

Thing is, I think I may have learned a thing or two about writing a blog post in the last year, and doing the A-Z was a great kick start.  My goal for this challenge is to keep it under 500 words.

For some people that’s easy – but for me, as my 11th grade English teacher wrote on an essay I wrote about town planning (!!!): “You have mastered the extended form, now work on brevity.”

North America and Pelican Nebulae (narrowband)
North America and Pelican Nebulae (narrowband) (Photo credit: DJMcCrady)

So folks that’s the only goal I have for now in this A-Z.  Under 500 words.  I’d like to even keep it under 300.  See you in the A-Z.

And I just got an idea – I’m going to blog about the places I’ve lived – and if I think I can handle it, I’ll do 2 blogs (now I know I am nuts!)  I might just get brave enough to blog A-Z poems on my other blog…let’s see if I can pull it off! No no no no – one is ENUF ALREADY!  A-Z Places I’ve Lived!  Could get interesting!

Alison Boston, Feminism, Liberty

Disturbing: Female Genital Mutilation.

A picture showing the internal anatomy of the ...
A picture showing the internal anatomy of the human vulva, focusing on the anatomy and location of the clitoris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was living in Victoria, B.C. when I first learned of female genital mutilation.  One wonders at a culture that would remove a clitoris.  What is the purpose?  The clitoris is the point of excitement for a woman.  Yes, vaginal penetration, executed properly can achieve orgasm, but it is the clitoris that stimulates and excites.  Why would a society/culture want to deprive women of that pleasure?

Female sexuality is a powerful energy.  Are men in these cultures so afraid of their masculinity that they are unable to accept a woman who they can truly pleasure?  Once the clitoris is removed, a woman becomes merely a receptacle for the male satisfaction.  What is this?  What does it say about the men?

Gallus gallus ♂ (Linnaeus, 1758) Deutsch: Haus...
Gallus gallus ♂ (Linnaeus, 1758) Deutsch: Haushahn English: An adult male chicken, the rooster has a prominent fleshy crest on his head called a comb and hanging flaps of skin on either side under his beak called wattles. Français : Un coq, mâle adulte entier de l'espèce Gallus gallus, possède un appendice charnu sur sa tête nommé crête et un sous chaque oeil nommé caroncule. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thinking about veganism today.  And that the vegan diet is largely justified by the fact that a non-vegan diet requires slaughtering of the male babies, and I wondered if patriarchal domination in the human species is a natural retaliation of our predominantly meat-based and dairy diet that requires the slaughtering of male babies: eggs. dairy.   I wondered if slaughtering of male babies in the dairy industry is balanced by the patriarchal domination in the human world.  I wondered if we didn’t kill male calves and male chickens (roosters) if our human society could be more balanced.