I haven’t written in ages. so much stuff going on. i went to Michfest this summer and still haven’t processed the whole experience enough to write about it. I am thinking about writing some short stories about it. The magic of it, on so many levels…
Also, i finished my formal education and have since started “working for real.” Which sucks so much I can’t even tell you. i don’t even work full-time and the stress of it had me close to a burn-out at the beginning of the summer. And then i went to the US and to Michfest and found my tribe and fell in love with a woman finally and had the most amazing 3 weeks and then after that the most horrible heartache for 2 weeks and now I’m sort of ok, trying to integrate my new Self into my life and transform it thereby. It’s hard work, and now the mercury retrograde in the midst of the two eclipses… just too much old clutter and at the same time new stuff rushing in and so today i needed to take a break.
So I talked to a friend today who actually bought Mary Daly’s Amazon Grace for me last year around this time. and that’s actually a whole story in itself. The book took ages to arrive and i ended up having to get it from customs where it was held for reasons i don’t know. And I managed to finally get it out of there the last day before it would have been sent back or something like that. Had to pay extra money too.. It was as if the patriarchy was trying to keep me from ever getting that book.
Anyway, so back then I promised my friend to write a post about the book so she could read it but never got around to actually doing it. I did, however, write a summary of the individual chapters for further reference. Talking to my friend today, I suddenly felt that I wanted to publish my notes as they are and get the information out there even though I hadn’t written a brilliant analysis of them yet. Let’s analyze them together in the comments section, sisters!
It’s also fitting that the book itself is called Amazon Grace. It’s relevant to me because I found my Amazon Self this summer on the Land and I found my tribe, the Amazon women and i think most if not all of us women returned from the Land with the vision of Amazon Cuntree. Our Home. Which might or might not be the same as Lost and Found Continent, as Mary Daly calls the place Weird Women will “accidentally” find and eventually migrate to in 2018.
So, here goes. The first chapter of Mary Daly’s Amazon Grace. Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big (2006):
(and sorry for the fucked up formatting)
Chapter 1: The Desperate Leaping Hope of Radical Elemental Feminism
This chapter is an analysis of the present situation of Radical Elemental Feminism. After the surge of Gynergy in the 1960s – 90s the Movement’s energy seems to have since dissipated. However, MD says that this can be understood as a change of form, an adaptation to the present environment. As a species, women acquired new strengths and skills during those years which will allow Wild Women to now rise again (as I’m writing this I remember dancing to “Amazon Women gonna rise again” at the opening ceremony at Fest and the removable tattoo a lot of the women there had which said “rise”). But how to move towards critical mass in the foreground of the early 21st century? The playing field has changed because men are now escalating. What form(s) does Radical Elemental Feminism need to take to effect large systems change (= assist the downbreak of patriarchy?)
The new forms that will be assumed by re-emerging Radical Feminism must take into account both the extremity of the atrocious conditions under which many women now struggle to live and the global stealth campaign that often keeps the majority of women- even the majority of feminists – in a smog of unawareness and denial. This involved Daring to Know and Name the ways in which our victories are now being used against us (p. 6).
I find this to be true. Atrocities! Just today on facebook i found an article about a man who disemboweled his
girlfriend slave during sex rape because she called out her ex-husbands name not his. Also imagine the horros women are enduring in all the “crisis regions” of the world right now and all the women refugees who are currently trying to flee Syria and other regions. Or just think of the trans derail. Women who know female biology are now hateful transphobic (LOL!) bigots and Brucelyn Jenner is all the rage. Ellen calls this elderly surgically altered man with too much make-up “she” and tells him how amazing “she” looks. At the same time boys and men left right and center are using title IX legislation to gain access to women’s private spaces by putting on a wig and claiming to be women. And at the same time the planet all around is deterioration, millions of people are migrating because of large-scale male violence and climate change (and that’s just the beginning!). And we’re supposed to watch Brucelyn Jenner and celebrate “her” bravery or whatever and basically support men in their newest fad whatever that is at any given moment and forget what is really going on. It’s all designed to keep us from being centered in our own perceptions and knowing. So what do we do?
Mary Daly says that even change in small places is important because it allows us to work with the flow of that system and since everything is connected (“an unseen connectedness”) as an unbroken whole this will have an impact elsewhere. So even though the patriarchs are taking away our women’s spaces (like Michfest!), women can adapt because we feel impelled to find new ways of connecting.
In Other words, we are challenged to Realize our participation in Be-ing in the Widest, Wildest Sense. This happens when we confront and transform the specific circumstances in which we find ourSelves (p. 7).
And i can already see this happening actually. Now that Michfest is over a lot of women are planning together. And not just another Fest. No, we are manifesting/many Fest-ing. Like seeds from a fruit there is a multitude of projects, gatherings, fests springing into being right now. There will be an incubation phase of some sort, so maybe it’ll take a few years to come back in full force. But we are coming back. Starting with a whole caravan of Lesbians rolling through the United States next summer. I’ll be there!
Goddess is always Here in the Background and secretly and mysteriously creates opportunities for Leaping off the boundaries of the foreground pseudo-reality and thereby connecting with the Universe in a deeper way (getting into touch with the actual Elemental multi-dimensional Reality). This is because Reality is larger and deeper than patriarchal foreground “reality” and can transform even oppressive situations and use them to Re-awaken our X-factor :
the Spring of be-ing; the unpredictable, unpossessable Nature of the Wild, which forever escapes the technocrats, medical and scientific re-searchers, `developers,´ and other demonic destroyers of living creatures.
And this X-factor/faculty inspires us to keep creating our Archaic Future (Post-patriarchy) which is rooted in our Archaic Past (matriarchy) and overcome this stagnant state of stagnation. How do we do that? By a succession of Original Acts/Actions. By not doing things as patriarchy says they must be done but by following our inner voices which are really the voice of the Goddess. Who do you think told me to leave work early today and instead of wasting my energy on a patriarchal institution write this blog post? 😉
MD then goes on to say that the cause of women and the cause of ecology are obviously connected, because like the Earth women are Life-Givers. She comes right out and says that we are close to global ecological collapse. Men are escalating their hideous war on all Life through their necrophiliac technologies (“sciene and technology” in malespeak).
3 examples of men’s escalating war against Life herself (the unholy trinity of nectech) are:
She quotes one nectech scientist who argues that in the future, society will be divided into genetic classes – the GenRich 10% or the population – and the other 90%, the “naturals.” Seriously, have you read Huxley’s Brave New World? He was a mediocre writer but the world he envisioned is still scary, soulless utterly disconnected people who are artifically hatched and during “gestation phase” tempered with intentionally to stunt their development according to caste. The result is a world of completely programmed, possessed “human beings” who have lost all soul, zombies. I think Huxley got it wrong though, the necrophiliac engineers aren’t going to temper with fetuses to impair them – they don’t need to. The y-chromo is deteriorating so males’ genetic material is becoming worse and worse plus the toxification of the whole planet is taking care of that alright. Instead, the rich are going to try to artificially improve their own genetic material and because this modified genetic material becomes part of the gene-pool, class divisions are permanently inscribed.
Nanotechnology attempts to go even further than genetics to the atomic structures of all things. They want to “improve” nature (the hubris, really!) by isolating and recombining atoms and molecules into new “products” (I swear, the “markets” are the new patriarchal gods). The idiotic ologists “foresee a time when self-replicating nanomachines will take over the world.”
3. Robotic science
The idiotic robotic scientists are “moving toward a ‘post-biological’ future” in which humans will be able to download the contents of our brains into mobile, autonomous, self-replicating robots. All so that “humans” (men) will be able to evolve independently of human (read: female) biology and its limitations (like the fact that wombs tend to be attached to female persons), “passing instead directly from generation to generation of ever more intelligent machinery.” Which will no doubt be fashioned after men. So men want to download their “consciousness” into a robot and then go around fucking “female” sex robots. I wonder if in their perverted fantasy they imagine these female sex robots to be inhabited by the consciousness of actual women. Knowing what I know about men I bet that’s actually a big part of the turn-on for them. They’ll be able to mentally and spiritually torment females even better without the restrictions of actual human flesh. Anyway, these gruesome masturbation fantasies have actually been made into movies. I dimly recall having to watch one such movie with an ex. Oh and he of course proceeded to fuck me while we were watching the movie. I think it’s called Gamer.
All of these horrors are almost too much to even imagine. What men are trying to do is to irreversibly alter all life on earth. But most people are not aware of that because of denial. When we try to speak about these things we run into the walls of denial all around.
So, is the situation hopeless? MD says that if we think and speak in foreground ways, the situation may appear so. But is it really? What do you think, my sisters?