Friday, March 14, 2014

Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

Z. Budapest said, “Without the Goddess, feminism is not going to work, because you're going to burn out.”  As someone who is often exhausted by feminism, I find a lot of truth in her words.
Beyond that, my experience is that feminism without the Goddess does not reach far enough to change the root of our oppression, which is the control of women globally by our various faith traditions.

The misrepresentation of God as strictly male has wounded women in every area of their lives.

Women are raped, abused, molested, trafficked and prostituted because the desires of men (AKA God) are prioritized over the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs of women and girls. The misrepresentation of God as male ensures that women and girls will always be considered last.

The images of God as “Father” and "Savior" are the foundations that patriarchy and misogyny are built upon.
We need the Goddess to rewrite the world.

Trista Hendren
Portland, Oregon USA

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.

Be sure to check out the other posts on The Girl God blog from various women around the world!


  1. Wonderful to see this, Trista! Ideas are unfolding!

  2. Powerful and pithy .... thank you, Trista!! Love the momentum and the blossoming of our outreach!! Yay!!

  3. Powerful and pithy, Trista! Love how our collective voices are growing and blossoming ... important and transformational!!