The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Barbara G. Walker
“From a biological viewpoint, patriarchal religion denied women the natural rights of every other mammalian female: the right to choose her stud, to control the circumstances of her mating, to occupy and govern her own nest, or to refuse all males when preoccupied with the important business of raising her young.”
Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, There’s a Legend in my Spine, excerpt from the poem A Wily Shaman.
“My mind needs others
To rub against.
new shapes appear.”
The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara G. Walker
“Whether Pope Joan really existed or not, a curious Vatican custom arose in the wake of her legend. Candidates for the papacy had to seat themselves naked on an open stool, to be viewed through a hole in the floor by cardinals in the room below. The committee had to make its official announcement: Testiculos habet et bene pendentes, “he has testicles, and they hang all right.” It seemed important that “Holy Mother Church” must never be governed by a Holy Mother.”
Barbara G. Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
“St. Augustine berated women for dancing “impudently and filthily all the day long upon the days of the new moon”.”