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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2012 at 4:21pm

What a great poster Joan.

I agree sk8eycat.  What a horrible line: "If I die before I wake...."

Comment by booklover on September 11, 2012 at 3:47pm

Joan, what you said to the dissertation committee  is one of the best things I've ever heard. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2012 at 3:02pm

PS: That "RELIGION" poster is the best I've ever seen!  The "slave" position is so eloquent; it says everything!  (I'm so glad that we did not pray in our house when we were children...especially that dreadful "If I die before I wake...."  Ugh!  I knew kids who were afraid to go to sleep because of that line.)

"Nothing Fails Like Prayer." Anne Nicol Gaylor

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2012 at 2:57pm

 I had the presence of mind to ask, "How can you judge me biased even as you deny your sexuality and wear dresses?"

Oh, Joan!  What a super-sharp comeback!  Why is it that people can look at the pope, or other church (Catholic, Anglican, any church) officials, all dressed up in their fancy dresses and silly hats and NOT laugh?  If they need to wear elaborate costumes to make them feel important, why don't they use make-up, too?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2012 at 12:45pm

Did men and women who died on 9/11/01 die because of their race,  gender, culture, religious beliefs? No, of course not. They died of some one's religions beliefs.
How are the underlying beliefs of fundamentalist Muslim different from fundamentalist Christian beliefs? I am not going to point out chapter and verse for you; however, the principles of man (male) having control, dominion, and power over all that swims, crawls and flies, over the Earth and all its resources, based on beliefs, do not necessarily result in healthier, happier, flourishing relationships and environments.

Both belief systems produce dysfunction and deserve to be challenged. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2012 at 11:41am

sk8eycat, For my doctoral degree I attended Gonzaga University, a Roman Catholic institution, and wrote about marriage, divorce, family planning, abortion and role stereotypes. I wrote my dissertation, "A Splendid Heresy" while there. 

One of my professors, a priest invited me to lunch and gave me a book, Beyond God the Father. It, and other great books, including "When God was a Woman", influenced my theory. 

When I attended my dissertation committee where I was to defend my dissertation, I was told I did not qualify for the degree because my research and conclusions were biased. I had the presence of mind to ask, "How can you judge me biased even as you deny your sexuality and wear dresses?"

Well, life went on, I continued doing the work I loved and vowed to never remain silent in the face of sexism or racism and I do not regret my decision. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 11, 2012 at 10:11am

Thank you Ruth, Tony and Joan - love all the posts and pictures!

Hugs to everyone! Always happy to come here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2012 at 9:11am

Thanks Joan for your dominion post.  I saved it if you don't mind.

Comment by booklover on September 11, 2012 at 8:07am

Joan, thanks for the word "Dominionism."  It really is sickening that people think because of that horrible book that they own nature.  Poor nature!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2012 at 2:59am

Joan, re: Dominionism.  Have you read When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone?  It was published in the 1980s, and I don't know if her conclusions hold up under more recent archaeological discoveries. BUT a lot of it makes too much sense when looking at the buybull and the violent hostility the Hebrews and other man-god worsippers had against the much older goddess religions of the entire Mediterranean area.  There is evidence that Northern European tribes (definitely physically different from the original inhabitants) invaded the Middle Eastern area through Anatolia, and over the centuries forced their male god into the already established culture...making formerly independent women subservient, and changed the laws of inheritance from matrilineal to patrilineal.

Like other religions, it was very much about power and property ownership, and it still is today.

 

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