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The Feminist Tarot Pt.1

What seems to be missing is that every consciousness that utilizes the Tarot is not a white Male Western consciousness, despite the Tarots appearance in Italy and the knowledge that many symbols within the Tarot have transitioned from culture to culture, it still reflects the symbolism of the collective unconsciousness. It has recently come to light by some authors that the Tarot symbols are not of male or Western male origin, but of female and Eastern origin and possess a history that is older than Western Civilization. It would not be a mistake to consider the Hierophant as the usurpation of the High Priestess position as you view the historical interaction between nature based cultures and pre-industrial based cultures (bronze/iron based cultures) versus hunter gatherer/pastoral cultures that are based upon the worship of the mensis and the moon. Ancient priests and priestesses[edit] Sumerian and Akkadian Entu or EN were top-ranking priestesses who were distinguished with special c…

The Intersection of Self and Humanity: LGBTQ Political Identity

The SelfAre opinions of the self or the self of "others" is derived from our interpersonal relationships: the family home, the home of friends and relatives; society due to its ability to determine the child's path of success and development outside their family home, or the influence of relatives based upon its readiness to provide the child with: protection, resources, cooperation, belonging, and interactions . The Lev Vygotskys' theory of sociocultural, cognitive and social learning theories establish the importance of both parents and society in individual development. Two of these principles bare a direct relationship to the formation of identity 1 ( development cannot be separated from its social context, 2 ( language plays a central role in development. These two principles of Vygotskys serves to undermine the use of the Bell Curve to prove  white male or Asian intellectual superiority over women, and other people of color particularly black Americans. 
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A Synopsis of the film 'Go West'

Although I know that this a foreign film, I disliked the fact of having to read subtitles.  When being forced to focus on subtitles, I tend to miss great deal of the film's details: facial expressions, body language, the meaning of tonal inflections. “Go West” is an extremely well done docudrama whose feel and atmosphere is like that of docudramas based upon WWII Germany.  The most important aspect of the film's construction is its lighting.  In “Go West” lighting isn't just a visual element, but a character.  The film's lighting acts as a POV (point of view) character. It gives its viewer a sense of narration. In conjunction with its textural landscape, the film's lighting transmits mood and intensity; it as if dialogue was meant to take second place in conveying mood and feeling in an attempt to stimulate not intellectual sympathy, but first hand visceral (gut) feelings within its audience. What is particularly interesting is the film's use of shadows when f…

Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil right...

Comparison of Giovanni's Room and Profundis

Giovanni's Room is significant not because it's a novel written by a gay man, but because it's a novel written by a gay black man during the civil rights era when Baldwin was living with his white lover in Paris. It's Baldwin's mastery of descriptive elements to express the longing for love, and acceptance from a position of otherness that drives home the embracing loneliness of desire for being embraced not as other, but as that which is human that pierces the reader's heart. Within "Giovanni's Room" Baldwin's character "David" exist as human within the presence of his lover and their apartment knowing full well that outside of his lovers space and presence he ceases to exist as human and becomes the problematic other -- that which is a threat to white straight society. Unfortunately, despite his greatness as a writer; Baldwin much like his character existed as a problematic other for his own people during the Civil Right's  era…