Imagining A Post-Gender World

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This morning I was puttering around my kitchen, fussing with toast and coffee, listening to Fleetwood Mac. I'd read Steve Provost's post on gender discrimination in Paganism (a response of sorts to Devin Hunter's post on the same topic) and I was trying to decide what, if anything, I should write about it this morning. I've touched on the topic before and it wasn't well received. I think I argued that women who behave in traditionally masculine ways are admired while men who behave the same way … [Read more...]

Tilting At Wikimills

Originally appeared at PNC-Minnesota. I’ve been engaging in something that may be an exercise in futility, working to improve (read: keep from being deleted) an article on Paganistan on Wikipedia. The article has been tagged for deletion for not being note worthy enough.  Not enough sources they consider ‘reliable’ have written about Paganistan, which is short hand for saying the mainstream press hasn’t written much about us and the other sources listed aren’t reliable for one … [Read more...]

First Japan, Now The Daily Show

Over $32,000 was raised by the Pagan community for Doctors Without Borders relief efforts in Japan and donations are still trickling in. That's amazing. It's proof-positive that despite our differences, Pagans can work together to create positive change in the world. Which is why I have no doubt that we can accomplish another worthwhile goal: getting Jason Pitzl-Waters of The Wild Hunt on The Daily Show to provide a different perspective on David Barton and the challenges facing minority … [Read more...]

Productive Anger: Get The Wild Hunt on The Daily Show

Some days, anger overwhelms me. Some days it is hard to look at my wonderful friends and neighbors and remember that not all Christians are hateful. Instead, some days all I can focus on is the hateful, to watch them with a wary eye full of distress. When the Washington Times thinks it's appropriate to publish a column stating the Air Force Academy is "pandering" to my "fringe" religion, despite the fact that Pagans have fought and died for this country, I get angry. Around the 1950s, fringe … [Read more...]

Quick Bit of News and Inspiration

I've had to find a quiet place to work today and have had an interesting morning, so as much as I have to say on many things today, I simply don't have the focus to get it out. Which is ok, because The Wild Hunt has a great news roundup today, including coverage of the TSA firing a Witch in what appears to be a case of religious discrimination. I found a really interesting translation of the Homeric Hymn to Hephaistos. The last line has become my new prayer: Of Hephaestus, famously skilled, … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Scouting for Pagans…

As American as apple pie and baseball, are hallmark institutions like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Most Americans have been exposed to both of these groups through their lives. Whether through active enrollment for a time in such a program, or from their friends being involved in the program, or the annual fund-raisers and volunteer projects in the community that scouts participate in. Of course, while we think of these organizations as uniquely American institutions, the fact is … [Read more...]

When Faith is Tested

Witch hunts still exist and pagans and anyone outside the dominant religious paradigm are still fair game. This lesson has hit home harder than ever this week for me. I am being tested. Like most others, I was raised in a religious, monotheist household. Like most others, I tried like mad to be the person that my parents needed me to be. I also tried to do this for my husband and his family. Thus I found myself caught between religious Jews and religious Greek Orthodox Christians, at different … [Read more...]


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