The question, ‘Where do I come from?’ is basically a masculine, much more than a feminine question. The quest for origins, illustrated by Oedipus, doesn’t haunt a feminine unconscious. Rather it’s the beginning, or beginnings, the manner of beginning, not promptly with the phallus, but starting on all sides at once, that makes a feminine writing. A feminine text starts on all sides at once, starts twenty times, thirty times, over.
Around the blogosphere are signs of word birth, and questions of origins or of beginnings, with more questions about legitimacy or otherings.
- April DeConick has begun a new word for better work in history writing. So far, the begininngs are here, and here, and here, and here, and here.
- Some men (yes some of us men) are concerned about the origin of an old word. (Don’t ask us what haunts us, please; and you have to scroll down past the pics of one Mr. Bean to the real serious hauntings.)
- Othering men (yes that kind) used original words to dis-empower women through words
- Other othering men used others original words, not to eliminate, but to perpetuate the denigration of human beings of races "darker."
- Jonathan Tilove more than a year ago wanted to know the origins of one of Barack Obama’s phrases.