Critical Feminist Studies Final Paper
As I was reading a chapter in the book “Feminism is for Everybody” by Bell Hooks, I became inspired to start thinking about the ways in which language was used in the classroom and what effect changing that dialogue would have on classroom experience. I became interested in exploring how language could be used to alter the classroom to become a more inclusive place, where silenced voices are able to have the opportunity to be heard. Hopefully I could find a way that the classroom could validate students experiences instead of conditioning students to filter out certain parts of their lives from the classroom.
“Who are the 99?
An ever-growing team of specially powered young people. The 99 prevent disasters, help people in need, and perform good deeds under the banner of the 99 Steps Foundation.
What are the Noor Stones?
Each member of the 99 bears a Noor Stone- an ancient gem of power. Forged out of the destruction of ancient Baghdad, the Noor Stones were created to preserve the wisdom of the ages. When bonded with a specific young person, each gem grants him or her a different gift of power”
While reading The Goblin Market, I had trouble deciding whether the poem was about the events surrounding a girl's first sexual experience or an encounter with addictive substances. I felt it easily went both ways.
But sat down listless in the chimney-nook
And would not eat.
Laura's whole personality has changed at this point in the poem either from sex or drug withdrawal.
Then sat up in a passionate yearning,
And gnashed her teeth for baulked desire, and wept
As if her heart would break.
Again, this line is ambiguous and, I felt, could be interpreted both ways. Laura could be experiencing a serious desire to have sex again or she could be desperatly wanting to fulfill her next drug fix.
Either way, I saw The Goblin Market as a cautionary tale for all types of addictions. Whether it be a sexual addiction or substance abuse, the general plot of The Goblin Market could be applied to all sorts of addictions.
Perhaps sexual and drug addiction were a focus because they were prominent during the time the poem was written?
“The sperm is inevitably characterized in a narrative of virility, aggression, and mobility. Eggs are… well, your basic egg is usually described as a combination of Sleeping Beauty and a sitting duck. Plump, round, and receptive, it waits—passive and helpless—for the sperm to throw itself upon her moist, quivering membranes. The sperm push furiously at [the] inert egg until one of them finally penetrates deep into the warm, defenseless tissue.”
-Richi Wilkins, Queer Theory Gender Theory