Simians, Women and the Palmenhaus
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure to dine with Jane Goodall (yes, the one with the apes) at the Palmenhaus. It was the last evening of a symposium on “Gender and Science” and she was brought along by the British Ambassador out of no special reason. She is not explicitely engaged in womens rights or Gender Studies but in chimpanzee protection. I couldn’t help thinking of Donna Haraways famous book “Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature” which is concerned both with animal rights, emancipatory politics and epistemology.
Jane Goodall is now about 80, drinks Whiskey and speaks in a seductive and soft voice. She is a very beautiful person and she brought a sweet toy monkey with her, which was sitting on the table in front of her while she was talking about animal protection campaigns.
It was a wonderful evening.