Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Goddesses like Brigid in Briton, Sarasvati in India and Nidaba in Sumer were credited with the invention of the alphabet and the creation of language and writing. They exhibited Eros, they re-drew the shape of the world around them. Yet, according to Annis Pratt, today “women like words have been considered symbolic objects of use in a masculine structure, linguistic tokens rather than wielders of words in our own right.” Some feminist scholars have claimed its necessary to reinvent language to get the feminine back into the world, into literature. I would disagree. In the words of Audre Lord, we can use the master's tools to rebuild our house.