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chercher la vache (sunspot #886)

we're at sunspot #886 (image). spaceweather.com: moon + venus close encounter Wednesday, 24-May (sky map). below cut is k-punk's snake typist from Continous Contact, which i animated. for some odd reason, an inspired re-read after reading ...'if you can watch the overlap of one reality with another' (ah, rephrasing that re-read bit reminded me of nabokov — quote: Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader).

ironically, i've re-read CC several times (quite fascinated by it), but never googled Irigaray before. googling :: "for her genitals are formed of two lips in continuous contact" popped Karen Ng's Foucault, Irigaray, and A Discourse on Sexuality which, um, expanded Irigaray’s quote: "This autoeroticism is disrupted by a violent break-in: the brutal separation of the two lips by a violating penis".

googling :: "This autoeroticism is disrupted by a violent break-in" popped (sheesh!) part two of The Power of the Virgin: Psychodynamics of Sexual Politics and the Issue of Women in Combat by Howard S. Schwartz (one of the founders of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO)), Professor of Organizational Behavior at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Schwartz studies the psychodynamics of organizations & his papers include: Deconstructing My Car at the Detroit Airport, The Clash of Moralities in the Program of Diversity, The Case of the Burkett Memo Debacle at CBS News & papers on NASA & the Challenger disaster. Schwartz's title (The Power of the Virgin) interesting in light of Ayaan Hirsi Ali [1][2] & her book The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam — here's the abstract:

ABSTRACT — The idea of using women in combat positions in the US military has little support among those who would be affected by it, but it seems powered by inexorable force. This paper addresses the question of where the power comes from. It explores some of the unconscious dynamics of the feminist response to the Tailhook scandal of 1991, then develops a psychoanalytic model that would account for them. According to this view, extreme feminism arises from an identification with a primitive image of an omnipotent, sexually self-sufficient mother, which renders men helpless, infantile and emasculated. Some of the implications of having these dynamics operating within the military are discussed. The prognosis for the military, if this analysis is correct, is exceedingly grim. [+]

contrast PBS profile of Lieutenant Paula Coughlin with Schwartz's The Wild Ride of Lieutenant Coughlin (apparently carrying "a large rubber dildo").

why i keep reading philo & literary blogs even tho' i don't half understand them should land me in psychoanalysis one day. until then, they're worth a giggle. Rodney Herring comments here suggesting Girard's Violence and the Sacred & "provocative questions" on pages 36, 139-42. surprising, Amazon expanded their Search Inside™ feature — you need an account, which is easy to setup. search the book number. page 36: ...there is nothing incomprehensible about the viewpoint that sees menstrual blood as a physical representation of sexual violence. We ought, however, to go further: to inquire whether this process of symbolization does not respond to some half-suppressed desire to place the blame for all forms of violence on women. By means of this taboo a transfer of violence has been effected and a monopoly established that is clearly detrimental to the female sex.

pp. 139-42 seems to expand p36. Bororo tribe discussed p140. village is a perfect circle with men at the center (mobile) & women at the periphery (non-mobile). this setup first thougth to be matriarchal; however, "far from attesting to women's importance, this very stability suggests that women are only passive spectators at a masculine tragicomedy [...] Psychoanalysts will note, of course, that the men's house has been inserted like a phallus in the feminine circle; but this observation scarcely helps to explain the situation".

chapter one, provides this post's title:

... in order to understand the Nuer, one must "chercher la vache" -- "look to the cows." A sort of "symbiosis" (the term is also Evans-Pritchard's [3]) exists between this tribe and their cattle, offering an extreme and almost grotesque example of the closeness that characteristically prevails between pastoral peoples and their flocks.

the general idea of a sacrificial victim involves "scapegoat" & the expiation of sin — Girard's hypothesis removes this "moral distinction".

There is no question of "expiation." Rather, society is seeking to deflect upon a relatively indifferent victim, a "sacrificeable" victim, the violence that would otherwise be vented on its own members, the people it most desires to protect.

in CC, k-punk seems to bracket Irigaray's quote between two interesting words: subsuming & imbricated. for me, subsume = Haber (don't Haberize Irigaray). imbricate = overlap. these words parallel Girard's displacement & transference of the sacrificial victim:

Once we have focused attention on the sacrificial victim, the object originally singled out for violence fades from view. Sacrificial substitution implies a degree of misunderstanding. Its vitality as an institution depends on its ability to conceal the displacement upon which the rite is based. It must never lose sight entirely, however, of the original object, or cease to be aware of the act of transference from that object to the surrogate victim; without that awareness no substitution can take place and the sacrifice loses all efficacy (p.5).

that briefly explains the connection from CC to Overlap (more later) & doesn't explain the jump from Overlap to CC (once i figure that out ...). i was reading I cite's Butler, Althusser, "a strange scene of love" at the same time as Overlap & (tentatively) add avoidance/confrontation to the above list. i'm intrigued by this brief sketch of Althusser's ideology. googling "avoidance + confrontation" popped an excerpt from James Scully's Line Break: Poetry as Social Practice: In Defense of Ideology — which i think points back to CC & Overlap.

part two later.

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