Let’s Talk About Gender

Gender is a difficult concept. I literally have no idea why some activities, clothing styles, thoughts, and behaviours are labelled “masculine” and others are labelled “feminine”. It all seems very arbitrary to me. In some languages, objects are assigned a grammatical gender. The designation of assertiveness as a “masculine” trait, or receptiveness as a “feminine” trait, seems just as arbitrary to me as saying that a car is “masculine” and a table is “feminine”. [Read more…]

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Why I am a Wiccan (video)

What is Wicca? Why I am a Wiccan. Video of an address given at the Memorial (Unitarian) Church, Cambridge, on 29 May 2016. [Read more…]

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Combinations of Difficult Questions #PinkOut

What if a woman’s voice is the tree falling in the forest? What if women’s voices come together to weave another forest? [Read more…]

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Wobbling, But Not Falling Off

Jason Mankey has a great post on “When Someone Leaves Paganism” and how to respond to this situation – both in supporting the person leaving, and processing the feelings about it that inevitably come up. But what about when someone has a crisis of faith, which may involve leaving the Pagan path temporarily, but where [Read More…]

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Why I am still a polytheist Wiccan

I am a Wiccan and a polytheist, and I do not believe that the gods are merely archetypes. I believe the gods are real and have agency. I am not sure if the gods are made of energy or consciousness or both, but I am sure that they are distinct identities. [Read more…]

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The Need for Story, Witness, Truth

What if we focused on healing the harm on every side, rather than punishing (or failing to punish) the perpetrators of violence? A personal reflection. [Read more…]

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A bubble of complacency

One of the things that enables me to function more-or-less effectively is the notion that bad things won’t happen to me. I call this “the bubble of complacency”. The bubble is a sense that all is well, life is generally benevolent, and other people do not actively wish one harm, and that the arc of [Read More…]

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