Friday, March 28, 2014

Glenys Livingstone: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?

"This God, He was a Mechanic .. figured out how to make bodies work and put them together, with his hands or just spoke it all into being from his great supremely ordered mind. The local solar system and the galaxies just hung up there, whirring around like clocks. The story was that it all got done in seven days. This was not metaphorical. This God was no Poet .

Sometimes inside her, she ached for poetry. It did exist somewhere didn't it? ... once upon a time? But she could not remember clearly. Her mother did read her "once-upon-a-time" stories, called "fairy tales", that sometimes implied Other Worlds, but often the stories just seemed a more extreme version of what she experienced here.

In the cosmic realms where it really mattered, the female did not create, write, paint, speak anything of consequence; on the contrary she was dangerous to the harmony of things. All the chaos and pain of the world was her fault, the result of her insatiable innate wickedness, or at least, her ineptness and stupidity. And the God ,who was described as "father", had to send a son to die a horrible death to fix it all up.

Guilt was scribed into the girl, carved into her. How could she ever re-compense the Universe? She would be a good girl .... she would try to make it right. She did not want to be the cause of so much pain. Perhaps if she disappeared, would it be alright then? And then, perhaps, when she had made up for the devastation of her kind, she could be loved? She would not expect it until then."

Glenys Livingstone, excerpt from "The Way the Cosmos was for a Country girl 1954 C.E."
Springwood, Blue Mountains Australia


This is an ongoing collective writing project, initiated by Magoism: The Way of S/He and Mother Tree Sanctuary in response to the question, "Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?" We will feature different women's answers here and on the Magoism blog in the months to come as part of this project.

Contributions are welcome.  Please email or join the discussion on the Magoism group on Facebook.

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