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The Creation of Woman
When I created the heavens and the earth,
I spoke them into being.
When I created man I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.
But you, woman, I fashioned.
I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate.
I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.
Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity of ME.

From one bone I fashioned you.
I chose the bone that protects man's life.
I chose the strong yet delicate rib which protects his heart and lungs and supports him,
as you are meant to do.
Your characteristics are as the rib,
strength yet delicate and fragile.
You provide protection for the most delicate organs in man, his heart and lungs.
His heart is the center of his whole being, his lungs hold the breath of life.
The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to his heart and lungs.
Support him as the rib cage supports the body.

Around this one bone I fashioned you.
I shaped you.
I created you perfect.
Your eyes, don't change them,
your lips how lovely when they part in prayer,
your nose so perfect in form,
your hands so gentle to touch.
Oh yes, I've touched your hands,
I've held your heart.
Of all that lives and breathes you are the most like me.
That is why I made you the mother of life.
You see, you woman, reside in me.

Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely.
He could not see me, or touch me.
He could only feel me.
So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me I fashioned in you.
My holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, and support, my protection.
You are special because you are the extension of me.

Man represents my image,
woman my emotions.
Together you represent the totality of God.
So man treat woman well.
Love her, respect her for she is fragile.
In hurting her you hurt me.
What you do to her, you do to me.
In crushing her you only damage your own heart and lungs.
Woman support man as the rib cage.
In humility show him the power of emotion I have given to you.
In gentle quietness show your strength.
In love show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.

Ask A Stupid Question...

Here are some of the most ridiculous questions and comments people have said to me over the years and I'm finally ready to answer them here. Just don't expect any pearls of wisdom or the secret of life to be revealed. So, without further delay, the stupid question section. Enjoy!

Case #1. After talking to this guy on the phone for about an hour that I had known for a year on the net, he says to me, "You know, you don't sound fat".

Answer/Response: Well, Thank you! I always knew all those extensive thinish lessons would pay off and to think, my parents wanted me to learn french instead!

Case #2. A good looking guy (who also happens to have a reputation for being a woman beater and serious drug addict) nonchalantly told me, "I would be all over you if you lost a couple of pounds".

Answer/Response: Quick! Hand me a slice of cake, maybe if I gain 25 pounds he'll stop talking to me altogether!

Case #3. I received an anonymous email stating, "I'm sorry but, you aren't a BBW. You aren't big enough to be one, I don't understand why you pretend that you are".

Answer/Response: OK, You caught me! I've been pretending to be fat for years now, simply because I love shopping at plus size clothing stores. Where else am I going to find insanely overpriced, bright orange, floral patterned, polyester, button down, shirts that my grandma wouldn't even wear? (and don't forget the matching pants, Whoo hoo!)

Case #4. A while ago, I was in a restaurant with a few friends, all of us ordering a desert, the rude waitress turned to me and asked, "Are you sure you want peanut butter sauce on that sundae? It's really fattening.."

Answer/Response: Well, actually yes! My having ordered it just might be an indication that I, in fact, really DO want it. By the way, are you sure you want a tip?

Case #5. I received yet another "thoughtful" email trying to enlighten me about the dangers of being fat, in which the writer warns me, "If you don't lose weight, you will die".

Answer/Response: WOW! You mean to tell me that thin people have discovered the secret of immortality?! I can't wait to read THAT article in Time magazine.

Case #6. Someone posted the following remark on the message board, "Many thanks and the best wishes for your efforts to bind fat people into a selfconscious entity."

Answer/Response: Me bind people?! Never! Well, ok, there was ONE time but he begged me to and I was drunk, damn it!

Feeling caged in? Eating like a bird? You may be getting way more vitamin BB than you need.

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Women are taught that they are to be slaves to beauty, no matter how limiting, uncomfortable, fake, or dangerous it is. Women are objects to be admired or to be on constant display. Rarely in images do we see women looking straight at us, meeting our gaze, unless they are crouched, nearly naked, or otherwise restricted or vulnerable (Dittrich, 1999).

Did you know that wearing high heels can cause or encourage the development of hammer toes, bunions, corns, lower leg and back problems. High heels put two and a half time more weight onto some of the bones in the foot than if you were barefoot. (Kaz-Cooke, Real Gorgeous, p.155)