Sunday, February 22, 2015

Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality? by Stacey Hughes

i am going to go out on a limb and stand alone on this subject…as a philosopher, revaluing the values i was raised with, it was important to me to understand what historical man’s repeated error has been in life and to find a way to avoid endlessly repeating that loop of vain stupidity…with the advent of scientific discovery (specifically, that the xx chromosome is “far more ancient, much more stable and has inbuilt endurance, which the y chromosome – being the newer ‘freak’ – does not have” (Natalie Angier: “Woman”) it was no longer required that woman further postulate in order to ‘prove’ their primacy in life or their capacity to be creators of life…woman IS the origin of human life just as much as all the universe itself has been created within a receptive/feminine void…therefore there is no need to assert a femininised version of man’s claims to the authority of an absolute power (that a male deity or creator god created life and gave man a reason for being) and we can, with a totally organic sensibility, throw off the spurious notions that any deity created life and rather women can collectively affirm that behind all of life is MORE LIFE and that life is the creative process and power of diverse beings/becoming and overcoming themselves in the spirit of playful creativity and joyful abandon…humanity has long been over-spiritualised and that over spiritualisation of human beings has been the cause for decimation of the earth and diverse life forms…my perception is that IF we are aligned with our organic and authentic selves, then we don’t need to do anything other than live WITH life (not against it) and care for and honour the earth, each other (as family – the interconnectedness of all things) and diverse life forms which share the earth with us (this is a very ancient and tribal way of philosophizing about life itself and our role in that organic matrix) being TRUE to the earth and to ourselves and each other and all living beings IS the manifestation of the authentic spirit(uality)…we don’t need any higher law or morality than this simple organic ethos and in forfeiting the notion that we are “created” we are at liberty to be ourselves truly creative!

Stacey Hughes,
Canberra, 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.

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