Attracted and repulsed by nature, connected yet disconnected to it, we are imbued with contradictory impulses--like two-headed creatures or freaks of nature
. We must not forget this if we are to understand the totality of who we are.
Tim Sparks of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said other freaks of nature
include migrating birds arriving earlier and frogs spawning sooner.
Given the racialized landscape of slavery and colonization in the nineteenth century, white bodies were always already inscribed in the nation's imagination as being healthy, superior, pure, and clean, and thus it follows that whiteness was implicitly on stage as a normative measure along with those humans deemed freaks of nature
. The rise of the carnival in the 1840s coincided with the height of the abolitionist movement (Reiss 86), so the world of the carnival is inextricably linked to the larger cultural discourse on race and society.
'It is incredibly disrespectful to disabled people who are being depicted as utter freaks of nature
, when that is as far removed from the truth as possible.
Brainwashed to fear foods that grow freely in the wild, most of us think we're safer eating freaks of nature
: mutant plants that only survive in artificially manipulated growing conditions.
"I had read that gay people were freaks of nature
, and even the American Psychiatric Association [at one time] said homosexuality was [an illness]," she says.
Still, this loving, nostalgic look at the "freaks of nature
" who fascinated millions for more than a century brings them vividly back to life.
He said there was a specimen in the museum's collection from the 1870s when freaks of nature
were very fashionable - but he warned that only the four-leafed variety was supposed to be lucky.