Fortunately, for myself, I’m not enough of a masochist to see if this goes beyond a couple of choice Facebook posts of hers:
I’ve never been surprised by this shit from her; like Mary Daly, who thankfully passed some years ago, she’s been like this since literally the 1970s. I understand if newcomers to paganism are shocked and surprised, but if you’ve been around at least as long as I have (off-and-on for about twenty-five years, practising polytheist for about a dozen years straight), there’s really no excuse to be ignorant of this shit, especially if one fancies oneself an ally to trans people.
Unfortunately, pagan and polytheist religions haven’t always been so comfortable with LGBT people, especially trans people. The introduction of “women’s mysteries,” a concept that arguably goes back in various forms to antiquity, though existing in its current state since the 70s, and based on the Robert Graves invention of the Maiden Mother Crone triune goddess, focuses on menstruation and bearing children. It’s not about All Women, not even all cis women, as some cis women have a biological condition that fits a definition of “intersex,” meaning that they’ll never menstruate and/or bear their own children. Shit, this even excludes cis, dyadic (non-intersex) women who have PCOS, have had a hysterectomy for any medical reason, are on certain forms or HBC (hormonal birth control) for any reason, or who simply aren’t bearing children for any reason.
The fact that modern pagan TERDs (special thanks to Storm Faerywolf) never really acknowledge in so many that their “women’s mysteries” are actually about menstruation and childbearing which even some cis women will literally never experience betrays the fact that their agenda isn’t about “feminism,” as they claim, but is simply against trans women.
As I’ve said here, before (search the archives on this blog, you’re smart enough to figure that out), I’ve no issue with women who need – physically, psychologically, spiritually – to celebrate their menstrual cycle and childbearing in ritual, be it alone or as part of a group. What I do take issue with is phrasing:
These aren’t mysteries relevant to even all cis women, be they dyadic or intersex. These are mysteries relevant to people who menstruate and choose to bear children. There is obviously a spiritual value to that and there are millennia of traditions to support this fact, but the fact that the Daly-Budapest Uterine Cult has steadfastly claimed this value is relevant to all women betrays their views as ultimately upholding the patriarchy their cultists claim to abhor: it reduces a woman, and her worth, to her ability to make babies.
Sounds like it ultimately upholds the patriarchy they claim to abhor, if you ask me.
I’ve got no problem with people who need to celebrate that part of themselves, and the argument can even be made that Mother and Spinster are actually two different female-spectrum genders born of two different experiences of womanhood. If you need to celebrate the mysteries of the menstrual cycle and childbearing, just don’t do as ZB, and erect this as the very definition of womanhood.