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By Farley Mowat

While an 80-ton fin whale grew to become trapped in a lagoon close to his Newfoundland domestic, Farley Mowat had a good time on the distinctive probability to watch one of many world's most opulent creatures up shut. yet a few of his acquaintances observed a special chance altogether: in a chronic healthy of violence, they blasted the whale with rifle fireplace, and scarred its again with motorboat propellers. Mowat appealed desperately to the police, to marine biologists, ultimately to the clicking. however it used to be too overdue. Mowat's poignant and compelling tale is an eloquent argument for the tip of the whale hunt, and the rediscovery of the empathy that makes us human.

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I know they lie because the loss of a parent is a trauma none of us wants to experience and from which none of us ever fully recovers. Preferring to be fifty rather than twenty-two flies in the face of logic. I would prefer to be younger. Correction and confession: I wish I were younger and sometimes the wish brings on sadness. But on my fiftieth birthday, I accepted that numbers don’t lie. ” But I did not feel that the addition of years to my life had resulted in a subtraction of joys, goals, or even energy.

No one welcomes the addition of years to their life. I think they lie because being in our twenties is a far greater distance from retirement, nursing homes, and the cessation of life than being in our fifties. I think they lie because being in our twenties means our parents are actively involved in our lives and we in their lives; there are no all-night prayers for their recovery from illness attributed to age. I know they lie because the loss of a parent is a trauma none of us wants to experience and from which none of us ever fully recovers.

When I was thirty, married, with two children, my lesbian identity became evident to me. Perhaps some of the heated debates surfacing in women’s studies over diversity among women facilitated my realization. In their eagerness to make women visible and to define them as a category in traditional academic disciplines, many scholars in the early days of women’s studies, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, made a mistake that paralleled the error of which we accused our male colleagues. Just as women’s studies scholars revealed that the assumption that male experience coincided with human experience constituted a form of androcentric bias which rendered women invisible, these same scholars learned that the experience of all women was not the same.

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