Cardinal men and scarlet women : a colorful etymology of by Jan Keessen

By Jan Keessen

Phrases corresponding to cardinal and scarlet can describe a similar colour yet they tackle markedly various meanings after we use them to contemplate the value of a cardinal guy or a scarlet lady. The comparability turns out to conjure considerably extra prejudice after we reflect on cardinal guy is respected as righteous whereas a scarlet girl is reviled as depraved, rather when it comes to her sexual intercourse. similarly, by way of contrasting different pairs of phrases, we will see how they too invite discriminatory connotations when it comes to what we price: Christian and pagan, campaign and jihad, intellectual and lowbrow, wizard and witch, correct and left, white and black.

Keessen offers this playful but scholarly examine in terms of a sequence of casual essays, prepared by way of bankruptcy and subject, and in a storytellers lexicon tells us how definite notions constructed.

Generously illustrated with whimsical illustrations via award profitable artist invoice Hannan

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They were physically strong and courageous. They were of great worth and value. But virtue is also associated with chastity and then it’s defined as “sexual purity,” especially on the part of women. So men commanded the power, but it was the women who were supposed to be chaste. Who ever heard of a man of easy virtue? In fact women were only empowered when they resisted sexual intimacy and then they became virtuous. Indeed who could be more virtuous than the Virgin Mary? To some minds even her partner Joseph wasn’t supposed to be completely intimate with her.

Since then, opening Pandora’s jar, or box as other legends say, means that you’ve opened up a collection of troublesome ills that you would not have had to face unless you acted unwisely. It happens in war and in politics. It happens in love relationships. Or it can happen when your dog paws open a low-hanging hive of critters that have the disposition of yellow jackets. Like any of us who’ve regretted acting foolishly, Pandora tried to put the lid back on the jar. But it was too late. From then on men were doomed to wrestle with the soil and live hard lives.

58 cardinal men and scarlet women joined with the Pope and the patriarchy to create a chivalric code that coupled Christianity with combat. So under the banner of the cross, knights galloped off into battle on their warhorses, supposedly on a mission to defend orphans, widows, and the weak. 7 This went on for centuries. Warring Christians, who slaked their ambitions in the blood of martyrs, believed it was their God-given right to retake Jerusalem and any of God’s holy lands captured by the Muslims.

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