Apollo once again lures three women into becoming oracles to tell him about the First Born. We get a repeated history of First Born, but this time we find out what happens after Hera begs the witch to spare him. He essentially becomes an R-rated version of Tarzan as he is taken in by a pack of wolves, lives, hunts, and breeds with them, yet his “contempt ate away his contentment” and he eventually conquers the world. Normally, villains’ efforts continuously remain in vain as they always come so close to taking over the world and one minor slip up ruins it all, but First Born is a different story.
After extremely loving the first two volumes and being majorly disappointed with the third volume, I approached this one with a lot more caution and fewer expectations.
In the African Aka tribe, the men stay at home with the babies while the women assume the role of the hunter, yet these men are not teased for being “feminine” and the women are certainly not seen as undesirable for having such “manly” roles. In the Western world, a man cannot wear a pink shirt without having his sexuality questioned. Certainly, these differences suggest that gender is not biologically based, or a fixed identity; however, we treat it as such.
In short, homosocial describes same-sex relationships that are not sexual or romantic. Sedgwick elaborates that homosocial categories are “applied to such activities as ‘male bonding,’ which may, as in our society, be characterized by intense homophobia, fear and hatred of homosexuality” (2466). Although homosocial relationships are strictly platonic, it nevertheless causes anxieties related to homosexual behavior.
This book is apparently based on a true story, yet I am not sure which portions are fiction. I am assuming that the general plot is true whereas the other details were made for the book.
For Foucault, the relationship between discourse and sexuality is significant and hence becomes the focus of his argument. Through disagreeing with the repressive hypothesis (sex, except for the means of production is a taboo and should therefore not be discussed), Foucault claims that discourse on sex has intensified since the 18th century. Now this notion may not be shocking, considering that sex is found almost anywhere.
In the midst of the conversation that he started with my brothers and I, the man asked us if we were the type of people who still liked books. Still liked books, as if I would associate with anyone who stopped liking them. He then informed me of this store called Book Barn that sells used books and serves cheez-its and coffee while you shop. He said the last two as if I needed them as incentives to visit the store.