real women, global vision
The female cultural record
is far richer than textbooks or the media let us know. Let's get to
the juicy stuff:
the creative, inspired, valiant women; and cultures
that honor their female achievers, wisewomen, artists, leaders...
Women have determined
the course of events and the forms of culture. We originated, founded,
governed, prophesied, built, invented, created great art, defended
our peoples, fought for our rights...
Political, social, economic, technical, artistic, spiritual power... Study Guide for Women's Power
Restoring Women to Cultural Memory Video clip: introduction to the Women's Power DVD --plus more clips
:: New :: Sacra Vulva Statues of the numinous female, worldwide: icons of vitality, joy, and protective power...
Female Icons A world-wide pattern of reverence for ancestral mothers has gone largely unacknowledged ...
Mother-Right Societies What do egalitarian cultures look like and where in the world are they...
Power and Politics When
hierarchies and dominance are at stake -- of men over women, rich
over poor, conquerors over aboriginal peoples, or one religion over
others-- spiritual leadership has political ramifications...
traditions, and historic accounts show women as invokers, diviners,
seers, ecstatic dancers, shapeshifters, shamanic journeyers, healers,
and messengers of the ancestors...
:: New:: Female Divinity in South America Creators, Serpents of the Lake, Mothers of Manioc and of Animals...
:: New:: Xi Wangmu, shamanic goddess of China Cosmic power, mystic initiator, healer, mistress of the dead ..
Images from the Archives North African rock art, Colombian gold, Spanish priestesses, Indus seals, Cretan goddess...
THE SCRIPTS OF DOMINATION
Classic doctrines of white supremacy; the power of names, and of
distorted images... we've heard all the warnings about barbarians at the gates,
but who are the real barbarians?
"If a man
carry off a maiden by force, let him pay 50 shillings to the owner,
and afterwards buy his will of the owner." --82nd law of king
Aethelbert, early medieval England. Excerpts from the presentation
on structural male supremacy ...
Origins and uses of
the veil It
didn't start with the Arabs. Females in public space -- mobility,
visibility, "decency"—and the parameters of choice and
are doomed to fall as
Rome went, so goes today's dominion. Down. Let's find ways to create profound change ...
DOCTRINES UNDER SEIGE
the gender politics of culture is shifting. Indignant harangues against
"matriarchy" give way to more substantive discussion
of egalitarian mother-right societies. Nor can Goddess talk (anathema
to theologians for two millennia) continue
to be treated as heresy in academia. Less reductionism, more complexity...
Icons of the Matrix
Signs of the sacred woman recur on a global
scale: vulva signs, female figurines, ancestor megaliths, and ceremonial
vessels in the form of women or female breasts. These recurring
symbols reflect the spiritual concerns and ritual life of the people
who created them...
Mother-Right Cultures What about gender-egalitarian
cultures? Not the reverse of patriarchy, nor a utopian fantasy,
but an entirely different paradigm, founded on mother-right and
the life matrix.
Knocking Down Straw
Dolls: A Critique of Cynthia Eller's The Myth of Matriarchal
All the heated rhetoric avoids the real issue, which is the existence
of cultures that did not enforce a patriarchal double standard or
make females legal minors ruled by fathers, brothers, and husbands...
Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European
of Portuguese inquisitors and French magistrates pressing accused
women to tell of painful sex with the devil, of the size of his
icy member. Recall the infamous “Ja” confessions, in
which boilerplate diabolist questionnaires required mere assent
from the tortured prisoners.
Khokhmah and Sophia the Judaic Wisdom
Goddess and her "fall" according to Gnostic texts
and Warrior Women Swazi,
Ashanti, Igbo, Lovedu; and Jamaica, Ohio, Brazil ...
What She Said, And
and wilder female horizons: seers, healers, warriors and resisters...
Respect and Responsibility Appropriation of indigenous cultural heritage: insult to injury. Better to find your own...
Women who fought for
freedom, led insurrections, labor risings and defended their homelands....
Histories? Overturning the stale gender, racial, colonial and literate biases
History in Global Perspective Beyond the boring orthodox History there exist indigenous oral histories with a wealth of information about female leaders and heritages...