Hardly have we mortals by long toilings extracted from this world's vast bulk its small but valuable sperm; and then, with weary p...atience, cleansed ourselves from its defilements, and learned to live here in clean tabernacles of the soul; hardly is this done, when--Thar she blows!--the ghost is spouted up, and away we sail to fight some other world, and go through young life's old routine again.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
The purpose of ritual for men is to learn the rules of power and competition. Watching sports together, for example, they see the ...formal enactment of ritual, become loyal to a team, learn to conceal their vulnerability. The purpose of ritual for women (going to lunch together, sharing a favorite salon, etc.) is to learn how to make human connections. They are often more intimate and vulnerable with one another than they are with their men, and taking care of other women teaches them to take care of themselves. In these formal ways, men and women domesticate their emotional lives. But their strategies are different, their biological itineraries are different. His sperm needs to travel, her egg needs to settle down. It's astonishing that they survive happily at all.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Men are not to be told anything they might find too painful; the secret depths of human nature, the sordid physicalities, might ov...erwhelm or damage them. For instance, men often faint at the sight of their own blood, to which they are not accustomed. For this reason you should never stand behind one in the line at the Red Cross donor clinic.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent....
All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs. The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of the sea!LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Still, the parents have bizarre thoughts,... thoughts like a skill saw They accuse: Your grandfather, your bad sperm, your evil ovary. Thinking: The devil has put his finger upon us.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »