From: "John V. Knapp" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: vaginal spiders
> Hi folks --
> I am, in this year of 2005, quite amazed at this thread. As even Sigmund
> once said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a spider is just an
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2005, Murray Schwartz wrote:
>> From: J. R. Raper [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> Subject: Re: FW: FW: vaginal spiders
>> That was my sense too, that the visual associations would
>> explain the vagina
>> symbolism. Do not many spiders suggest the gorgon heads,
>> including Medusa's
>> head, which, as I recall, are tried and true vagina symbols,
>> at least for
>> lit crits?
>> They combine hideousness with their beauty in death, have the
>> power to turn
>> people who gaze upon them to stone, and, through their teeth,
>> represent the
>> much feared vagina dentata.
>> Hey, the latter are not my wild theories but come out of the
>> Oxf. Companion
>> to Classical Lit.
>> Probably there are some attractive spiders too, but . . .
>> I'll leave it at that.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Murray Schwartz" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 12:00 PM
>> Subject: FW: FW: vaginal spiders
>> > From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> > Subject: Re: FW: vaginal spiders
>> > Another take:
>> > Psycholinguistics are important, but our first level of
>> unconscious structure derives from sensory input. The symbolism
>> of the
>> spider might start with the round center plus appendages that
>> reach out.
>> Black=darkness, too. There is the further aspect of entrapment in
>> its web.
>> Mother=woman=vagina, no?
>> > Johanna Tabin
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