Saturday, November 08, 2008
The treatment of women in this election, particularly that inflicted by Obama and the faux MSM, has uncovered that part of my soul that I had been neglecting while raising children, working to keep my head above water and dealing with the shit life throws at us to make sure we aren't feeling too sassy. I am horrified and mad, mostly at myself, for not paying enough attention. My lapse of awareness has resulted in a need to once again become involved. I find I am voraciously reading, which is what led me to this excerpt from Robin Morgan's Witch - Spooking the Patriarchy:
WITCH is an all-women Everything. It's theater, revolution, magic, terror, joy, garlic flowers, spells. It's an awareness that witches and gypsies were the original guerrillas and resistance fighters against oppression-particularly the oppression of women-down through the ages. Witches have always been women who dared to be : groovy, courageous, aggressive, intelligent, nonconformist, explorative, curious, independent, sexually liberated, revolutionary. Witches were the first Friendly Heads and Dealers, the first birth-control practitioners and abortionists, the first alchemists. They bowed to no man, being the living remnants of the oldest culture of all-one in which men and women were equal sharers in a truly cooperative society, before the death-dealing sexual, economic, and spiritual repression of the Imperialist Phallic Society took over and began to destroy nature and human society.
Witch lives and laughs in every woman. She is the free part of each of us, beneath the shy smiles, the acquiescence to absurd male domination, the make-up or flesh-suffocating clothing our sick society demands. There is no "joining" WITCH. If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a Witch. You make your own rules. You are both free and beautiful. You can be invisible or evident in how you choose to make your witch-self known.
Whatever is repressive, solely male-oriented, greedy, puritanical, authoritarian-those are your targets. Your weapons surround you : theater, satire, explosions, magic, herbs, music, costumes, candles, bells, Voodoo dolls, incense...... Your power comes from your own self as a woman, and it is activated by working together with your sisters.