Good morning, everyone out there in blogland. Wow, it's Thursday already. I cannot believe that the week is almost over. I'm looking forward to the weekend, but it kind of scares me how fast time is flying by. It seems like I was welcoming the Autumnal Equinox only last week, yet soon I will be welcoming the Spring.
Over the weekend I had gone through a box of books I hadn't looked at in years, and I found a book I had long ago bought, but not ever read..."The Dance of the Dissident Daughter" by Sue Monk Kidd. She is the author of several great books including "The Mermaids Chair" and "The Secret Life of Bees". This is not one of her fiction novels; it is the story of how she 'journeyed from the Christian tradition to the Sacred Feminine'. It's a wonderful book, and I don't know how it sat there that long without my reading it...and I have noticed that, in reading the blogs I follow, many of you are searching for something at this time. The following reading was quoted in the book to emphasize how badly women have been treated over the years. It sure did make me mad.
From 1 Timothy (2:11-14)
"Let a women learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no women to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, for the woman was deceived and became a transgressor"
I thank the Goddess that we have come so much further than that, but we still do have a ways to go. There is still much inequality between men and women, but it's getting better. The author related a story about being on a plane when the captain came over the loudspeaker to welcome everyone, "This is your captain speaking." and the woman seated next to her said, "Oh no, a woman pilot." Times have changed, yes, and women have more and more opportunities, more acceptance. Women are no longer delegated to being the stewardess...at one time the play toy of the 'male' pilot. Today women ARE the pilots. Women are police officers, firemen, CEO's, doctors, lawyers. It's great, isn't it? But then, when I am in my neighborhood and see the women folk tagging along behind the men for they are considered the subordinates, I realize that not every culture has gotten here yet...and maybe some never will.
Never meant to go on like this, and this was not my original posting idea..and I do hope none of the males who read this are not offended. No offense intended. Just that this book really got to me...really powerful. Got my ire up. Don't forget, I was a child of and later a part of the feminist movement. My mom was one of the originals...started in a factory and ended up as superviser over all. I am proud of her. Thanks for letting me share.