...except for me and my monkey! "Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see." -Rene Magritte

Saturday, February 26, 2005

My uterus is all askew

A quotation from R. Frederic Marvin, women's health professor, as recorded in Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America by Ann Braude, assigned for my Women in American Religious History class:

"The angle at which the womb is suspended in the pelvis frequently settles the whole question of sanity or insanity. Tilt the organ a little forward--introvert it, and immediately the patient forsakes her home, embraces some strong ultraism--Mormonism, Mesmerism, Fourierism, Socialism, oftener Spiritualism. She becomes possessed of the idea that she has some startling mission in the world. She forsakes her home, her children, her duty, to mount the rostrum and proclaim the peculiar virtues of free-love, elective affinity, or the reincarnation of souls."

Man, what I wouldn't give for that quote on a t-shirt!