This blog’s sub-title is a warning about taking care what you worship. While I did some weekend grocery shopping this weekend, a chatty man in line in front of us kept talking to me about the stack of sweets he was buying “for Fellowship tomorrow morning”. He meant Sunday, of course. I was a bit mystified why he was so cheerily companionably chatty to me – a perfect stranger. Walking past the jewelry counter on my way out, I caught my own reflection – ah, it was a “failure of attention to detail” I think. I was wearing a silver necklace from a dear friend in Ireland.
It was made for me by a silversmith there in the “olde country” of Ireland. A place that knows lots about crosses, crucifixes, and women. I wear this necklace because as near as I can tell about years of studying, observing, or trying to practice, (and finally running away from at all possible speed) the only ones I can tell you for sure get crucified practically daily ARE women.
If being a Christian means following Christ, some logical constructs would say that means following him to the cross? Most women’s lives would make them Christian as all get out by that definition. They suffer, they self-sacrifice, they bear the load for sinning men ALL the time. I cannot be Christian, I never “found” Jesus. I found Marian Catholicism and the idea of a nigh divine Female was what lit the candles in my brain.
Soon we will be inundated by stories of Mary’s “submission” to the Divine. We will be told how perfect she was doing so. To me, that part of the story always sounded like an abuse of power — I mean, for pity’s sake, even in the old ancient pantheon tales — everyone knew girls who told gods “No” didn’t fare very well. Women have been being told to submit to presumably more holy dicks <snerk> ever since. If the “only” divinity still “standing” is male, “Hey Girlie,” you better be f’ing submissive or else.
Women are already being given plenty of messages about how submissive they need to be or else in Trump’s America. A woman in a headscarf for health reasons, not religion, has her car vandalized in a national park. No, the misogynistic bigots are not emboldened at all by the election of someone who likely thinks the height of charm is groping you in the elevator. Every woman in America should wear a headscarf. There should be a day or a week picked — and every woman should wear a headscarf. Or maybe it should be utterly random? What if every American woman just picked two or three days of the month to wear a headscarf? Would it confuse the bigots, the idiots? I know pagan women of some goddess-centric traditions who both scarf and veil. I often wrap my head and neck in one of many scarves I own because of my cold-plagued touchy fused vertibrae. How long before some jerk tries to put me on his personal cross for doing so?
Well, hey, I’ve got the necklace for that. And some pointy boots I know how to use.