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Hi

I'd like to ask you about the passage below:

As Marina Warner writes, “In this battle between the flesh and the spirit, the

female sex was firmly placed on the side of the flesh.” Since menstruation, breastfeeding

and even pregnancy disgusted the disembodied male ego, women

disgusted them too. As Warner also comments:

In the faeces and urine – in ’s phrase – of

childbirth, the closeness of women to all that is vile, lowly,

corruptible, and material was epitomised – in the “curse” of

menstruation, she lay closer to the beast; the lure of her beauty

was nothing but an aspect of the death brought about by her

seduction of Adam in the garden.

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1- Yes, it does, but i'm afraid that with "vile" he means "repugnant", not "inmoral" or "bad".
2- Yes, that's seems to be the meaning.
3- "The lure of her beatuy" was an aspect of the death she brought about, not what caused death.

I hope this have been of help to you.

Raimon.
Hi. Thanks for the answer. What about "lowly" and "corruptible"? What are the meanings of these here?

Does "in St.Augustine's phrase" mean that probably the words "In the faeces and urine of childbirth" were said by Augustine?
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In my opinion, as he talks about urine and faeces, "repugnant" would be a more accurate mean of vile; but also could mean "lowly" and "corruptible".

All the phrase highlighted in colour seems to be St. Aguistine's thought.
raimon1987In my opinion, as he talks about urine and faeces, "repugnant" would be a more accurate mean of vile; but also could mean "lowly" and "corruptible".

So all of these "lowly" "corruptible" and "vile" mean the same? Nevertheless I suppose there is a little difference among themEmotion: smile

All the phrase highlighted in colour seems to be St. Aguistine's thought.

You mean the one in red is Augustine's words or the whole passage was probably said by Augustine?

The whole passage I meant.
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OK, thanks!