(Poem) Salvator Feminus by Gloria Manthos

Jupiter and Calisto by Caesar van Everdingen (1616/1617–1678) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jupiter and Calisto by Caesar van Everdingen (1616/1617–1678) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

No plaisance, all innocence lost

The reality of the beast

makes the grandeur of real men

even more mythical.

Consent

a myth itself,

legendary- the boundary which separates man from animal.

 

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(Special Post 7) Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality?

Willendorf Goddess by Paola Suarez

Willendorf Goddess by Paola Suarez

[Editor’s Note: This was first proposed in The Mago Circle, Facebook Group, on March 6, 2014. We have our voices together below and publish them in sequels. Special thanks to Trista Hendren, founder and author of The Girl God, who passionately and painstakingly promotes the message of each contributor via Facebook’s memes. Without Trista’s devotion to the advocacy, this collective effort would not have continued.  It is an ongoing project and we encourage our reader to join us! Submit yours today to Helen Hwang (magoism@gmail.com). Or visit and contact someone in Return to Mago’s Partner Organizations.]

 

Kaalii Cargill:

Life emerges from the Feminine: Woman, Nature, Goddess.

When we value the life-giving power of the Feminine we are less likely to kill other human beings who have been held in a mother’s arms.

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(Prose poem) My Three Grandmothers by Mary Saracino

1. Immacolata

Grandmother Mourning Sampler, Google art project

Mourning sampler – Google Art Project” by Unknown – VQGQI4u8MdbcVA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mourning_sampler_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Mourning_sampler_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

The Boss we called her, though in life her authority barely reached beyond the aroma-stained walls of her over-worked kitchen. She came to America from Puglia in 1920, seven months pregnant with my father. A woman on the run from who knows what. Poverty, or the threat of it. Of my grandmothers, I knew her best, this woman of sad brown eyes, whose drawn lips withheld somber secrets no matter how many times I asked, “Why did you leave Italy?”

After her husband died, The Boss ruled, a dowager empress, her queenly attire, a plaid or flowered house dress, a simple apron, with or without pockets, anointed with meatball grease, stained with red sauce, flour, egg yolks, and sweat. Immacolata, her mother named her, a mother who died before her sweet girl-child turned four, leaving a hollow of want in the young girl’s bones (the onset of shrouded mystery?).

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(Poem and art) Softly by Rose Aiello Morales and Victor Hernández

Original art created by Victor Hernández for 'Softly'

Original art created by Victor Hernández for ‘Softly’

Sing softly,

a song to make them stand,

perhaps they’ll listen, baying noiseless in the night,

music has its charms, the savage breast contains staccato beats.

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Radha Krishna

(Essay 1) Re-Visioning Mythologies of Gender/Sex by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.

This is the first part of an essay by the author published in Goddess Pages in 2008.

“Gender” might be described as “one’s perception of their self” as being either female or male, and “sex” as “the physical appearance of one’s body” as either female or male[1].   The “sex” of a body is commonly understood to necessarily be able to fall into one or the other designation, and if it does not then life, within many cultures, is almost certain to be traumatic for the being involved. Within Western culture of more recent centuries at least, and within many other global social/religious contexts, no shades of “grey” have been allowed in this matter, no kaleidoscope – as is allowed in almost all other dualities. This rigid polarization of sex has not been so for many indigenous traditions – even still today: there is often much more fluidity about the significance of sexual physical appearance. Within my own Western culture, “gender” is commonly understood to “ideally” be in alignment with the “sex” of one’s body, and that’s where categories such as “feminine” and “masculine” are entered into. Continue reading