Two More Good Things

1. Yet another great post at Feministe–this time about Erica Badu’s magical pussy. Especially astute analysis of the way anxiety about traditional Southern Black folk magic is caught up in this who anxiety about women using our vaginas to control men. I’m not black, Southern, or particularly keen on keeping a man and even I, in the time I’ve lived in Nashville, been advised to just drop some menstrual blood in a dude’s coffee to make myself irresistible to him. Now, granted, I think folks know I’m interested in folk magic of all sorts, but still, if that’s trickling out to me, you know it’s a pretty strong living magical tradition.

2. Very interesting post on Hel’s pond. I do wonder if there’s something more that can be teased out about Hel offering up bulls to the land of the living. That sounds to me like some kind of reverse sacrifice and I’m going to have to think on this some, but it seems to me that there’s something here, something maybe about how the land of the dead is just like the land of the living, but in reverse. Something.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve got for this morning. You’re still looking a little tired though. Why don’t I pour you a cup of coffee? It’ll perk you right up.