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Ishtar Rising: Or, Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She's Returning Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Once again Robert Anton Wilson scores a direct hit on the idiocy prevalent in western society. As a thelemic female I am enchanted with his wit, humor and superb usage of cynical observation. If you are an easily offended feminist, more than likely you will be irate after reading this attempt to look at social customs prevalent in modern life. I found some of his *explanations* totally hilarious, so I must not be in the overly sensitive bracket.
Considering the morbid fascination with female anatomy and the ludicrous *morality* assigned to viewing what in fact all adult females posess, (up to and including the legal sanctions in many places against seeing female nipples) the breast fixation idea becomes even funnier. His discussions reguarding cinema "sex-goddesses" and the approval/disapproval demonstrated by the Public (towards the late Marilyn Monroe for example) were compelling, and sadly, all too true.
Bob Wilson is definitely one of the kewler writers around; literate, interesting and intellectually satisfying. Even if you do not agree with everything he states, you have to admit his style is impeccable. I collect his works and proudly display them right next to Crowley, Kraig, Reguardie,and the assorted OTO/Magickal/Philosophical books I own. Thank you Amazon.com for making it easy to order and obtain cherished works, Bob Wilson is hard to find these days in the local bookstores. I agree with the Denver Post review which referred to Wilson as "...the Lenny Bruce of Philosophers". Satire remains one of the most definitive methods of social commentary, and Wilson excells in this genre.
I can't count the number of times I said, "Oi..." or "Please..."
or "Give me a break!" while reading this book. But then, as is
usual when I read RAW's books, I find myself thinking, "Jeeze,
what if he has a point?"
As a feminist, I was offended. As a Discordian philosopher, I was
stimulated. It would appear that Mr. Wilson has somehow managed to
trace every advance & atrocity committed in human history to the
attitude toward the human breast current at that time. Lunacy?
Perhaps not! His case is certainly clear and concise, if inane...
I recommend this book highly, however, I must warn the reader to
look twice, if not more times, at what he has written. There is
a message here we might be well advised to look at...
He takes us rapidly through the present and contemporary religions and modern psychology. This presents a timely outline worth fleshing-out [excuse the pun]with other material.
Considering the recent film "Kinsey" and current conservative pressure on "public morality" this is a worthwhile though academically oriented addition to one knowledge bank.