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  1. Highly interesting and deep reflections on women objectification, sex and power abuse. I am surprised by the homosexual and asexual behaviors of the third-tier rats. It is something I would only have expected in human animals, but not in nonhuman animals. However, in humans I do not believe homosexuality occurs because all the people who take that choice are emotionally disturbed. Some might be so, just as heterosexual people, but being homo, hetero or bisexual is a combination of many factors. Genetics must play a big role, I guess. In any case, these are choices we all have as human beings and none is better than another, especially in an overpopulated world where bearing children is no longer a must for our survival as species.

    As for our difficulty as women to have orgasms there is a lot to research yet. In a male dominated world we women too often perceive ourselves as victims as you mentioned before, because we too often have been and are victims. If so, how can we fully enjoy sex with men freely? By the way, it was not until 1992 that scientists knew about the real size of the clitoris: “A 1992 study concluded that the total clitoral length, including glans and body, is 16.0 ± 4.3 mm (0.63 ± 0.17 in), where 16 mm is the mean and 4.3 mm is the standard deviation.[36]”, see wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoris). The fact that the real size was unknown until 1992 is just one more proof of this male dominance.

    I am so sorry for your father’s early loss and your traumatic experiences after the “cockey boy” period. Well, you found that extraordinary woman and all these previous events in your life helped you become the multifaceted artist-writer you are. Hello, little Leonardo da Vinci Savioni. My most sincere admiration of your many talents. (end of first comment) Marta.

    • I am glad you find my piece interesting. Objectification is interesting in that men, and I am sure women also, take the outside of a person and project all sorts of impressions that probably have nothing to do with the humanity of the person being viewed. Infatuation is irrational like that. Porn is another way of presenting human beings as pictures and sound, but which have none of the in-person aspects and lack of closeness, that would allow those who project their attractions on to them to actually be in contact.

      I think men, in their objectifications of women, establish an imagined, rather than a realistic, impression of the women they fantasize over and this puts women in jeopardy at the very least of an uncomfortable awkward need to placate the men. Men can’t seem to empathize with the women, because they can’t remember when they did not like someone, who liked them.

      Just being left alone and not having men think they are undergoing some kind of difficulty in asking women out or talking to them, when it is clear to anyone else that the interest is not shared is tiresome at best and frankly harassing or worse. I am interested in this veracity of men’s feelings and their blindness to how a woman might have absolutely no interest in them. I think if we can communicate this to all men there might be an awakening of how women are being abused and subjected to unwanted attention.

      The rats reference a depiction, where the animals had not other choice, but what was made available to them by chance, by luck, and the throbbing mechanism of desire eventually found another rat, even one of its own gender to find comfort in. I hope I did not imply emotional disturbance as cause, rather it was opportunity.

      I think women have less orgasms because men simply get off and then its done and women are stuck unsatisfied.

      Women should not be victimized.

      Thank you for your compliment.

      • You are welcome. Agree with everything, except that difficulties for women to get orgasms are more than just the one you have stated here: “…men simply get off and then its done and women are stuck unsatisfied.” This is true, but this is just one of the many other causes like if a woman was raped before she entered a new sexual relationship, or if she is afraid, despite contraceptives, to get pregnant. In both cases she wants to control the situation she is afraid of and that causes her not to reach an orgasm. Another cause is menopause. The vagina gets drier and penetration causes harm unless some sort of lubricant (as natural as possible should be better) is used.

  2. I also like your intent to dive into women’s and men’s behaviors as far as sexual desire, objectification and power relationships are concerned. The [XX] exhibition must have been a unique experience. I am also interested in the mercury poisoning caused by a vaccine in that woman. (Right now I am trying to talk with different doctors about vaccines and side effects. It is a little research I have just started. It also has to do with the current covid 19 scenario and with the near-future-gene-mutating vaccine)

    The mixture of our conscious and unconscious mind plays a great part in anticipating later illnesses or even deaths. Artistic expression shows it. For instance, dance choerographer Bob Fosse staged his death in the All That Jazz movie (bye bye life, hello loneliness, I think I’m gonna die…).

    I love how you express your experience in the [XX] exhibition. So vividly: “We feel naked looking at her nakedness”. The exhibition seems to succeed in showing how women are constantly objectified in the media. Yes, I agree with this:
    “[XX] talks about this as a cop-out. Women don’t really have power over men.” (end of 2nd comment)

    • As a doctor’s son, I do not question medicine. I trust medical doctors and officials to provide me with a vaccine that will not have side effects. Some people are sensitive to many things. I don’t understand XX’s experience.

      I have less concern for how the mind plays into illness and death. I believe Fosse decided to commit suicide. We can give up.

      And yes, people don’t really have power over other people. We can make our own decisions.

      • I only disagree with your statement about vaccines. There is no single vaccine without side effects. I am no doctor’s daughter, but have contact with some very good professionals. My mom’s, who is also my doctor, tells us not to get the influenza vaccine nor the future one against Covid 19. I believe any vaccination must be voluntary, not mandatory. I also believe all citizens have the right to know about vaccine side effects and then decide what to do.

  3. Yes, “we don’t know who is telling the truth” and yes, “we are all naked”. And I also fully agree with this: “There are so many levels of guilt and sin that we cannot wash ourselves. Even the innocents have benefited.”

    Great essay, Mario!

  4. But, you recall Marta, that if even one person avoids a vaccine, it means that the disease will not be defeated.

    “Before the middle of the last century, diseases like whooping cough, polio, measles, Haemophilus influenzae, and rubella struck hundreds of thousands of infants, children and adults in the U.S.. Thousands died every year from them. As vaccines were developed and became widely used, rates of these diseases declined until today most of them are nearly gone from our country.

    “Nearly everyone in the U.S. got measles before there was a vaccine, and hundreds died from it each year. Today, most doctors have never seen a case of measles.

    “More than 15,000 Americans died from diphtheria in 1921, before there was a vaccine. Only two cases of diphtheria have been reported to CDC between 2004 and 2014.

    “An epidemic of rubella (German measles) in 1964-65 infected 12½ million Americans, killed 2,000 babies, and caused 11,000 miscarriages. Since 2012, 15 cases of rubella were reported to CDC.
    Given successes like these, it might seem reasonable to ask, “Why should we keep vaccinating against diseases that we will probably never see?” Here is why:

    “Vaccines don’t just protect you.

    “Most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. If one person in a community gets an infectious disease, he can spread it to others who are not immune. But a person who is immune to a disease because she has been vaccinated can’t get that disease and can’t spread it to others. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread,” (CDC).

    • If almost all scientists and doctors on earth agreed on what you have just stated here, many of us, citizens (not just me), would not be questioning mandatory vaccination. We would also not be complaining about the lack of information and transparency about deadly or irreversible side effects of vaccines. All the information you have posted is one-sided. It comes from CDC (Centers for Disease Control) who depend on big pharmaceutical businesses eager to make as many benefits as possible. For such businesses and within the globalised Capitalist system it is ideal to have as many citizens permanently ill with chronic diseases because it is the best way to justify their massive production and sales of all sorts of drugs and vaccines. Many other scientists and doctors, who are not working for organisations so tied to pharmaceutical businesses, tell us, on the contrary, that there is no scientific evidence that vaccines have been the main reason why so many infectious diseases have decreased in recent times. The main reasons for such decrease have been no more wars where people live, having drinking water that is not contaminated, and better hygiene and eating habits. Doctor Costa i Verger talks about all this in his book, a critical review of vaccine history. Unfortunately I cannot find his book in English nor other evidence of this different approach many doctors defend. The evidence exists, but it is difficult to find because the medical community is immediately silenced if there is any little dissidence with the official information. I will look for it in English, but I need time. By the way, I had measles when I was a child. There was no vaccine then. I survived perfectly and so did many other children of my time.

  5. The sad thing about people, who question science is that science involves testing. The results are quantifiable and qualifiable. Testing and experimentation reveal the best course vs. reasoning. I believe we have a disagreement over reasoning. I do not believe that the CDC serves the pharmaceutical community, but pharma may benefit it since the CDC serves as a body that is a center. A few people have adverse reactions to just about anything. I would believe in scientists before I believed in hacks or those who use their “impressions” in passing judgment. Certainly better drinking water affords less illnesses related to poor drinking water, but the flu is a recurring, and I assume evolving, danger that yearly vaccinations protect us from. I assure you that the quality of the water I drink never varies, but I would get the flu. The medical community is generally in agreement because of the science that all scientists and doctors are privy to, not conspiracy. Yes, you may have survived measles as did I, but…

    “Q: Do people in the United States still get measles?

    “A: Yes, but it’s not very common. That’s because most people in the United States are protected against measles through vaccination. Between 2000-2013, a range of 37 to 220 people per year in the United States were reported to have measles.

    “Q: Why do people still get measles in the United States?

    “A: Measles is brought into the United States. This happens when unvaccinated Americans or foreign visitors get measles while they’re abroad, then bring the disease into the United States. They can spread measles to other people who are not vaccinated, which sometimes leads to outbreaks. This can occur in communities with unvaccinated people.

    “Q: Where do cases of measles that are brought into the United States come from?

    “A: Measles can be brought into the United States from any country where the disease still occurs or where outbreaks are occurring including Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. In 2014, the majority of cases brought into the United States came from the Philippines, which experienced a large outbreak,” (https://911.lsuhsc.edu/measles/measles_faq_us.aspx).

    “…All member states in the six World Health Organization regions have committed to eliminating measles by the year 2020. Once a disease has been eliminated from every country, it is considered “eradicated” from the world. See the Measles and Rubella Initiative for more information.”

    “Before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, worldwide epidemics occurred every few years. These epidemics resulted in about 2.6 millionTrusted Source deaths annually.

    “Today, the measles virus is making a resurgence in multiple countries. The uptick in measles cases may be due to the circulation of misinformation about the measles and related vaccines, which has led to an anti-vaccination movement,” https://www.healthline.com/health/can-you-die-from-measles.

    • Yes, it is important to have a doctor you can trust. I am very happy with my doctor, who is also my mother’s, because she has not only studied and practiced normal medicine for years like your doctor, but also natural therapies. She is a holistic doctor and that gives me great confidence.


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