Posts tagged the moon
Sandi Toksvig (via timeasuli)
one of my reasons
Well, if the artifact came from China (which is pretty common for ancient archaeological artifacts), Chinese civilization (like many others) has always gone by the lunar calendar, and a lunar cycle is roughly 28 days. So both women and men throughout Chinese history have marked out 28 day cycles. However, this nitpick doesn’t invalidate the larger point being made, which is that it’s so easy (in fact, we’re indoctrinated) to overlook women’s contributions in basically all areas of civilization and it very well may have been a woman who notched those incisions in that early calendar. (I also maintain the core belief that matriarchal societies were once prevalent and that women have led the way in most human cultural development.) It’s just that in this case, the writer’s assumption that solar calendars are the norm suggest a different kind of cultural assumption.
great point! also, lunar calendar =/= menstrual calendar, most people who menstruate don’t have a cycle that’s exactly in sync with the moon, and the moon being coded feminine is not universal across cultures. it’s actually pretty unlikely that the original calendar was a menstrual chart. (more.)
No 2: really?! Oooo-errrrrr
yep! this really pisses people off. sorry everyone, if you believe there is a spiritual or metaphysical connection between the moon and your cycle that’s a personal matter, but if you believe there is a literal physical effect akin to the tides then that is factually incorrect because:
1. PHYSICS. the moon has only been demonstrated to have a measurable effect on very large bodies of water; do you see the water creeping out of your glass every high tide? also, tides are caused by a number of other factors (such as the sun’s gravitational force and the earth’s rotation) in addition to the moon’s gravitational force. moreover, all things exert gravitational force, not just astronomical bodies. The gravitational attraction between two bodies is determined not just by the mass of each but also by their relative proximity. in other words, the K-mart down the street brings more gravitational force to bear on your uterus than the moon does. but I guess that’s less romantic and witchy.
2. TIMING. the cycle of the moon is extremely regular and precise, while menstrual cycles are notoriously irregular and personal. if the moon affected menstruation, most people would bleed at the same time every 27.3 days, barring health problems and similar. this is clearly not the case.
3. ANTHROPOMORPHISM. all placental mammals experience estrous cycles, most of which do not happen on the roughly-once-a-month basis experienced by the majority of menstruating humans.
in short: the fact that human menstrual cycles have a timeline slightly similar to the time it takes for the moon to orbit the earth is pretty much just a coincidence. I know, I wanted to believe too.