March 25, 2008

Book Meme

I have been tagged by Elaine at The Miss Elaine-ous Life. She's having a book & coffee giveaway, it doesn't get much better than that. My two favourite things in one giveaway.

Here are the rules:

  • Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
  • Open the book to page 123.
  • Find the 5th sentence.
  • Post the next 3 sentences.
  • Tag 5 people.
I'm sitting at my little work area - a corner of the couch, two tray tables, a laptop, yarn, crochet hooks, hand cream, and a pile of books, magazines, papers, and other work-related stuff. The closest books are anthropology books I have to research my paper. My paper is about how menstruation taboos effect the status of women in matrilineal versus patrilineal societies. The book I picked up for this meme is called Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, edited by Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb & published by University of California Press.

Page 123 falls within a paper called "Menstrual Politics: Women and Pigs in Rural Portugal".

And starting at the 5th sentence:

Household pig-killings are important social status indicators and are used as a semipublic measure of familial well-being. At the matanca, the greatest threat to a household's economic well-being is posed by the purported destructive effects of menstruation on processing work. Women argue that during her menstrual period a woman is "ill with menstruation" (Anda mal com a menstruacao).

And on that note...

Tags. I hate tagging people - I have this bizarre, pathological fear of bothering people - I'm weird, I know.

Regardless, I'd like to tag:

Sara at Happy Baker
Sass E-Mum at One Strangely Lush Mother
Scrappysue at My Home Wellingtown
Working Mum at Working Mum on the Verge
SuburbanCorrespondent at The More, The Messier

I was going to tag Amanda at Amanda's life, but when I visited her blog I found out that there's been a death in her family, her sister, I think. I just want to say that my thoughts are with her and her family.



Sass E-mum said...

Thanks for the tag, Reluctant. You seem to be quite the renaissance woman.

I like the sound of this game, so I'm playing it. (Secretly hoping to find a smart yet funny book when I get home. Very comfortable with the fact it won't be about Portuguese menustration).

My thoughts and sympathies are with Amanda too.

Elaine A. said...

Wow, you're quick! Love your 3 sentences, it actually made me want to read more on the subject, very interesting...

Thanks for doing the meme.

SaraLynn said...

I really enjoy playing tag, so never consider yourself a bother to me ;)
My meme is up!

Sympathies to Amanda

Sass E-mum said...

Done and done.

Is it just me or is it a little quiet out here in blogland. What's everyone doing?

Working mum ..... said...

Thanks for the tag - I'm beginning to feel like a real blogger! I will try to do it soon; hope I'm not near a 'Bob the Builder' book!

Interesting research by the way. (Good luck with it; I find that the researching is the interesting part and the writing up is agony!) I once visited a temple in Bali, Indonesia and was informed that menstruating women weren't allowed to enter - it was the first time I'd encountered this sort of thing and was quite shocked at the time. Then I just thought 'How would they know?'