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john wrote:I think I should know better, Rus, but you almost sound like you believe that wanting equality for genders and races is a trend to be avoided. Would you like to clarify?
Mornche Geddick wrote:Calormen, far from being rude and crude, is a highly civilised society, capable of high art (architecture, landscape gardening, sculpture, poetry and storytelling, and probably several others). Its vices are the characteristic vices of an over-civilised, highly stratified society in which there is a huge divide between the rich and poor and in which public opinion is powerless to control the excesses of those at the top....now where have I seen a society like that before?
Rusmeister, when you attack Title IX, let me point out to you that sociologists cannot "force" people to do anything - it was the girls themselves who wanted to play soccer, basketball and ice hockey. And there is a good deal of evidence that doing sport often enough to learn it well is extremely good for girls, not only physically but mentally as well.
nomad wrote:Beautiful post rumzy. I'm glad to hear your opinion, and I think you are spot on in this case. I would only add that I don't think the Calormenes were based on any real city or the real arab people, but rather (and quite consciously) on the mythology and imagery, both Arab and European, that filtered back to Europe through [i]Arabian Nights[i], the crusades, and painters such as Delacroix. I have to wonder if, in writing CON, Lewis ever thought about the real culture associated with that mythology and imaginary world. There is certainly a fair dose of the stereotypes, but Lewis did not have the insight of Edward Said, as we do. And there is somewhere in his non-fiction where he writes that he hopes we never discover life on another planet, because we will surely oppress it as England had done with so much of it's empire. It's a passage which reveals him as surprisingly anti-British Empire (and remember it still existed through much of his life).
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