The Transgressive Kore

Okay, time to stop pulling my punches... I understand society and culture in terms of hermeneutics. Things are not always what they first seem. A thing may be both its self and a symbol pointing to something else. The 'culture' war is not a debate about things as they are, but things as symbols. The culture war is a debate about meaning. The debate over children is not actually a debate about children as they are (or as they seek to define themselves) but about children as symbols. Jung described the Kore archetype thus: As a matter of practical observation, [...]

The ‘asexual’ Alice

Okay, so I'm on a roll - might as well continue... The Alice archetype appears in Wild Child. It is Bliss's favourite story, but she sees herself as a 'darker' version. Indeed, her first album is called Dark Alice. I know I'm not being original, but then, that's the point. Alice in Wonderland has always been a metaphor for the hippie sub-culture and the mushrooms and potions she takes are metaphors for hallucinogens. Even Disney referenced hippie psychedelia. However, what is more interesting about Alice is that she is also a metaphor for the battle over competing 'images' of childhood. [...]

Dark Alice And Kore

There's a definite theme behind many of my posts. I am aware of it even if I don't always make it obvious. The clue lies in this blog's subheading - Psyche, Eros, Transgression. I admire the work of Carl Jung. Yes, some of his work is dated, but I still think he has a lot to contribute. Not so much in terms of psychiatry, more in terms of hermeneutics. I think he has a lot to say about the way individuals and cultures construct narrative. Let me restate that: philosophically I'm inclined towards hermeneutics. Without going into a dense discussion [...]