How “Gods Before Politics” Perpetuates Privilege

The myth of non-political Pagan spaces acts as a blindfold for the Pagan community — especially those of us Pagans who are privileged. It perpetuates implicit racism, patriarchy, hetero- and cis-normativity — all of which continue to exist in our Pagan spaces. And if we’re not consciously and actively working to see it and deal with it, then we’re passively helping to sweep it back under the rug. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #15 Use Your Privilege for Good

The point of identifying privilege is not to feel bad about it … the point is to do something with it. Guilt does not redeem privilege. Paying it forward does. So this Earth Day, one thing you can do to honor the Earth is to find a way to use your privilege for the good. [Read more…]

I cried the day Obama was elected (but not for the reason I thought)

The PantyCon mock-up wasn’t describing a real workshop at Pantheacon, but it was describing a real event! One that happens all the time, everywhere. In happens in the minds of white people. It happens in social spaces shared with people of color. And it happens in physical reality. [Read more…]

When bad people do good things: separating art from its author in the context of patriarchal privilege

Women in our culture are routinely characterized by their behavior, while men are given a pass so that we can focus on the content of their ideas. How will our community respond to news that popular author Marion Zimmer Bradley abused children? [Read more…]

Wiccanate Privilege Discussion at Pantheacon

“Wiccanate” is a term coined by Johnny Rapture, and it refers to American Neo-Pagan theological ideas and liturgical forms common to large public Pagan gatherings and rituals, which are derived from Wicca, but are perceived to be “generic” or “universal” to Paganism. “Wiccanate privilege” is a phrase that has been going round in polytheist circles recently. It refers to the ways in which Wicca-inspired ritual and theology are assumed to be normative for Paganism as a whole. [Read more…]

Being a Privileged Pagan

While the Goddess was having cakes and ale at Pagan Spirit Gathering, many lawyers and middle-class soccer dads were eating with her and her circle, for there were many who followed her. When the transexual devotional polytheist saw her eating with the lawyers and the soccer dads, they asked the Pagans: ‘Why does she eat with lawyers and soccer dads?’ On hearing this, the Goddess said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ [Read more…]


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