All Things Considered, August 11, 2006 · Sesame Street's got a new girl on the block: Abby Cadabby. The 3-year-old muppet fairy will be the long-running PBS children's show first leading female character.
With her pink-and-purple pigtails, pink body and pink dragonfly wings, it's not hard to figure out Abby is a little girl.
Abby discusses learning how to use her magic wand (she's only 3, after all) and meeting the other residents of Sesame Street.
The show's executive producer, Carol-Lynn Parente, says adding Abby to the cast will give the show another way to teach about diversity.
It's also a chance to provide a strong role model for girls.
Creating characters for girls is the "challenge of trying to write so that they're reflective of girls and their character, but also are strong and smart and funny," Parente says
Excerpted from "Gendering the Spirit" (Durre.S.Ahmed)
Life is male and female . Both are essential. representing certain profound concepts as exemplified in the body which conatins physical and hormonal elements of both the sexes. The graphic representation of the Chinese Yin and Yang in a circle is a symbol of thsi totality. In Jungian terms masculine and feminine are psychological-symbolic concepts in which , for example, 'masculinity' may represent a certain type of reason, one taht is penetrative and analytic. Similarly 'feminine' represents a different sort of intellectual attitude, one taht is receptive, poetic, more inner-oriented rather than an external, action-forced view. Another way of illustrating these ideas is througha symbolic view of teh male and female body: the former representing the outer, penetrative aspect of teh intellect; the latter its contemplative , generative and receptive capacities. One can speculate taht this inner, symbolic and psychological dimension of the spiritual has been over-shadowed . impoverished and ignored by modern consciousness. What is valued is an outer, material world- and even that is regarded as something to be owned, mastered and tamed
its all about ancient feminism and how different religions have evolved , some leaving out their feminsim....
"In sum , the notion of the feminine is both an aspect of divinity as well as psychological experience. All religions, particularly mysticism, incorporate this dimension in which human consciousness must put itself into a receptive state in order to experience the divine. This feminization of the psyche in religion is evident across numerous cultures. As Hillman recounts, 'inner feminity' can be discerned in the religions of different cultures. In the Shamanistic traditions the shaman performs a symbolic change of sex, living as a wife to a man. The integration of the femininethrough ritual is found in tribes in Siberia and Patagonia, and among Asiatic Eskimos. Hercules, the great exemplar, man of men, after completing his twelve labours served Queen Oomphale., becoming a servant to a woman. Similarly, in Hindu iconography, the female aspect or Sakti is worshipped along with the male and the centrality of the feminine is specially significant in Tantra. The Buddha's feminie characteristics are obvious as heavy, silent, full-bellied, soft-breasted receptivity. Huge ears reflect teh attitude of 'taking in' and the lotus posture represents compassion, a 'soft' feminine virtue. The Sabbath in Jewish tradition is feminine, welcomed on Friday evening as a Queen, the Sekinah. And in Christianity there is the central figure of Mary, representing a passive mood to God's intention. In islam, the most often repeated attribute/Name of God in the Quran is Al-Rahman, the Gracious and Compassionate One. the etymological roots of 'Rahman' are directly related to those of the 'womb'"
You craft words well, in creative and unexpected ways. And you have a great talent for evoking beautiful imagery... Or describing the most intense heartbreak ever. You're already naturally a poet, even if you've never written a poem.
I was deep in thought as we finally arrived at nandos.I loked up to find this new signboard they have saying "Why didn't the chicken take the underpass?" Because it couldn't swim like a duck!!!!!
i burst out laughing because the joke raelly did sum up the ridiculous situation that hit karachi's only much-cherished and built in god-knows-how-many-months underpass. It was totally flooded.Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous... no proper drainage? in such an important much-hyped-out-about project....?!
whats's going to happen to karachi...? After rainfall....the city looks like moenjodaro..though i think even that place doesn't have as bumpy roads.One day you'll drive out to find that the dug-up road you've been seeing since forever has finally been macadamized...and the next day it rains...monsoon rain....and VOILA! the road has craters as big as your car beacuse the tar caved in....its not even funny anymore.
this book, The Power Of beauty by Nancy Friday is awesome. it deals with human psychology and problems teenagers face while growing up. You might ahve been the princess of teh family or the neglected one. You might have been teh responsible child always mature or the mischievous immature one. Sexual , social, family , marital problems. Everything.She is amazing. So many things that we ponder over have been explained eg why would a mother react strangely towards a particular child or Why would a boy be given more care or love. Its all abotu the First Gaze as she calls it. If as a child your mother loved you with all her heart , whether you were beautiful or not, you grow up to be confident and sure of yourself. Its how people look at you and how they treat you which forms an opinion about yourself in your mind. Why do women hate their bodies? why have women a low opinion of themselves? Oh you've got to read this one... really.. its raelly good