POST XXXIV - CLARIFICATION REGARDING 'WITCH' TERMINOLOGY
a) The OED offers a definition of the noun "spell":
"An attraction or fascination exercised by a person, activity, quality, etc.; a mysterious power or influence. Also, a state of enchantment or trance (as) produced by a magic spell."
Females, virtually from the crib onwards, cast such spells of attraction and fascination by their dress, bodily comportment, tone of voice and chosen syntax (ie., how they say or don't say something).
Such spell-casting is largely automatic, involuntary and unconscious and not associated with 'practicing magic' or 'witch-craft' as such.
The female capacities of "affecting", "transforming" and "interpreting" noted in POST # V above ("Humanizing the Soma") can be seen as manifestations of female casting of spells.
b) Regarding male-female verbal interaction:
The November 22, 2005 issue of Discover Magazine has an article by David Epstein entitled "Men Hear Women's Melodies: Male and female voices activate distinct regions in the male brain."
Thus: "Psychiatrist Michael Hunter and fellow researchers at the University of Sheffield in England monitored the brain activity of 12 men as they listened to voice recordings and found they processed male voices differently from those of females. Women's voices stimulate an area of the brain used for processing complex sounds, like music. Male voices activated the 'mind's eye,' a region of the brain used for conjuring imagery.
"One reason, Hunter suggests, is that women generally have shorter vocal cords and a smaller larynx, giving them higher-pitched voices. Women's voices may also have more 'natural melody', he adds. Qualities like pitch and volume vary more during speech. 'There's more prosody in female speech'."
References: 1) Dilraj S. et al. in NeuroImage , Vol 27, No.3, pages 572-578; September 2005.
Earlier (POSTS IX and XIX) I have compared natural procreative male functioning (effecting, informing and defining) with God's presumed supernatural functioning in Genesis 1
In this present POST XXXIV, on the other hand, I have compared natural female procreative functioning (affecting, transforming and interpreting - as described in POST V) with a witch's presumed supernatural spell-casting functioning.
IN BOTH CASES, THE PHENOMENA ARE ENTIRELY NATURAL; AND FEMALE SPELL-CASTING MUST NOT BE CONSTRUED AS SUPERNATURAL WITCH-CRAFT THAT RENDERS A MAN POWERLESS TO CONTROL HIS OWN ACTIONS!
NEITHER PEDOPHILIA NOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE ARE CONDONED OR DEFENDED.