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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

the big 'o'

vowels are feminine in nature (or is that a socially conditioned belief?)

names ending with "a" or "e" or "y" or "i" are often assumed (incorrectly) to be girls' names

many languages (french and spanish come to mind) have adjectival variations which require modification with a vowel at the end of the word to designate the feminine form.
[ ex: intelligent (m) // intelligente (f) ]

with this in mind, it seems that vowels are feminine in nature, which, considering the nature of english orthology, makes for an interesting consideration of grammar politics and representation.

because vowels are rare (relatively), but the composition of our language is heavily dependent, reliant on their use.

how does this parallel gender politics, the tension between the sexes, the coexistence?

wouldn't it be fascinating to write a feminist poem solely using vowels, eliminating all consonants?

like a poetic orgasm, a representation of femininity and a bold political message through language.


  • At 4:07 PM, October 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Awesome, go for it!
    Actually, there is a student in ym writing class, he read last week, Paul Morrow, that could prolly do that very thing.

    Although I suggest it be written with consonants, but be pronounced with only vowel sounds. Much easier.

    Still, I'm a guy, please continue.

    Also, I'm thinking of changing my personal site to one of these, mostly because of the "some rights reserved" bit. Thoughts/tips?

  • At 6:53 PM, October 27, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    why would it be easier to do it in consonants?
    that would change the point, i think. i wanted the whole thing to be done in vowels because of the implied feminine nature of it: no consonants. i don't need them.

    all vowels, thus orgasm. which seems to suggest something beyond the poetry and language bit...

    haha, cloud nine.

    o, and i would love to offer you advice on switching over to blogger (which i highly recommend!) if you would only reveal yourself and a place at which to contact you, mysterious stranger...


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