Gender and animal sociology, snippets

Genderroles, animal sociology and „instincts“
We want to liberate from gender roles for human parenting, yet we assume that nh-animals only lapsed with seahorses, earthworms, kiwis, etc. and their genders and procreational evolution.
What exactly are “motherly instincts”, and what are “fatherly instincts”? Do we even see fathers in the prisoned life nh-animals are stuck in by us? How do we know what would be the typical behaviour for nh-animal families and their social networks in their own chosen contexts?

Defining Nonhumans as ‘INSTICNTUAL’ is species-derogative and biologistic …
Please quit reducing nonhuman motherhood to “maternal instincts”.

Instead of shrinking everything about nonhuman animals to “instinctuality”: I can represent nonhumans by discarding speciesist ascriptions, and frame them with liberated / autonomous perspectives, as mutual interfaces.

Arendt: all terms of solidarity still purport the first and most basic solidarity between all humanity against nature


“Solidarity: all terms of solidarity still purport the first and most basic solidarity between all humanity (i.e. of “the human”) against nature. Such a solidarity of one against everything else is yet never allowed amongst humans themselves. But there is no such thing as a necessity of solidarity. The idea of us all “sitting in one boat” is an example of this wrong idea of an absolute solidarity.

The concept of a group, with its relatedness of the part-and-whole category, stems from the solidarity of the human against nature.”


Fairy tales and animals

The great thing about fairy tales is their bridge to mythologies. They both work with imagery. A language stronger than words.

It’s the 200th B-day of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, most of the tales were passed on from Dorothea Viehmann a Huguenot. A nice task for anyone into anthropology, philology, animal rights and history would be to do some research and give some insight into how animals play a role in folklore fairy tales.

In the wider context … an interesting difference between the Grimm’s version of Cinderella, the tale is called Aschenputtel in German, and the later Disney version of the tale, is, that in the Grimm version the doves inhabit the place of the miracle helpers, that is taken by a fairy later in Disney’s movie.

The Norovirus and a lack of hygiene, and the sources of getting it through food

Just two links, but they give you the big picture of how you can get it and …

Initially someone may become infected with a Norovirus after eating food that’s been exposed to sewage in some way […]

Although Noroviruses cannot grow outside the body, or in food itself, an infected person easily contaminates any food they come in contact with – as well as any other surfaces. Contaminated food can then infect several people at once.

Hygiene and the spread of the NoroVirus – see page two here:



something out of the history books: desecrating a dead, Oliver Cromwell

I assume we all know more or less who Oliver Cromwell was:

“Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658) was an English military and political leader best known in England for his overthrow of the monarchy and temporarily turning England into a republican Commonwealth, and for his rule as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.” ( )

I never knew that they posthumously desecrated his body:

“On 30 January 1661, (symbolically the 12th anniversary of the execution of Charles I), Oliver Cromwell’s body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey, and was subjected to the ritual of a posthumous execution, as were the remains of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton. (The body of Cromwell’s daughter was allowed to remain buried in the Abbey.) His body was hanged in chains at Tyburn. Finally, his disinterred body was thrown into a pit, while his severed head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall until 1685.”

And this guy took over and restored the monarchy:

What a creepy history that is.

The question remains open how big of a role a religious understanding plays a role in upholding monarchy and aristocratic entitlements as a “natural” yet god given hierarchical societal order, or if it’s the plain interest of a conglomerated group to hold their interests in power in one hand, with one center of power.

Prof. Marija Gimbutas on Mother Hulda

Came across this interesting finding by Prof. Marija Gimbutas on the meaning and origin of “Hulda” as in the tale “Mother Hulda”.

Marija Gimbutas names Hulda (or Holda, Holla, Holle) as having originally been an ancient Germanic supreme goddess who predates most of the German pantheon, including deities such as Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki, continuing traditions of pre-Indo-European Neolithic Europe. (Gimbutas, Marija, The Living Goddesses (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.)

What I find striking about specifically the tale “Mother Hulda” is that no princess and princesses play any role in it. Also there are no male protagonists, apart from that. The entire narrative is one happening amongst women and other entities and phenomena (the tree, the oven, the house, the snow, the well, the gold, the garden).

Anyway I checked out more info about Prof. Gimbutas and was amazed at her body of work and her approach of what she calls “archeomythology”.


The titles that interest me most are:

The Language of the Goddess

The Living Goddesses

The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: Myths and Cult Images

The Civilization of the Goddess

Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe

Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, 7000-3500 B.C.: Myths, Legends and Cult Images

Age of the Great Goddess: Ancient Roots of the Emerging Feminine Consciousness