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On the signal boosting front

Firstly: thanks to the Wild Hunt for linking my crappy little blog yesterday, and welcome to the folks that found their way here. Now I might actually have to update more than once a When a Gemini Feels Like It.

One positive development that’s come out of this hot mess is that there’s been a lot of awesome discussion going on about the role of gender in Pagan paths, and trans Pagan spirituality, and I wanted to do a little signal boosting for a couple of posts that were linked in comments yesterday that deserve some attention.

foxfetch has a pretty bad ass manifesto demanding an expansion of our sacred images beyond the gender binary. Really, go read it, it’s amazing. (Though I do find it interesting that one commenter over there perceived the post as an “attack” on gender essentialism in Paganism. Funny how that seems to happen whenever marginalized people assert themselves!)

femmeguy has some interesting thoughts on the Sacred Masculine, that pretty neatly dovetail what I was talking about regarding the Feminine. Synchronicity FTW!

And finally, in the interest of fairness: CAYA, the coven at the center of the PCon controversy, has issued a statement explaining their position on gender and ritual space. I’m linking without comment, mainly because I’ve said my peace, and “OMGLOL” isn’t really constructive.  I will echo what a friend said though, which is that maybe all this attention is a sign that Lilith is working through these folks in ways they didn’t necessarily expect. Ultimately, it’s my sincere hope that people learn from all this and don’t just dismiss it as another dumbass internet flame war, though I wish those lessons didn’t have come at the expense of transfolks.

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  1. foxfetch
    March 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for the link! I do just want to make it clear again that while I do feel we need to expand our images of deity beyond the gender binary, the images I was proposing in my post are firmly *within* the gender binary – just inclusive of trans lives and bodies. I am binary-identified myself, and I think it’s important not to automatically third-gender trans people.

    • March 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Totally got what you meant, but it’s worth repeating. 🙂

      • March 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        I do think it’s really important to make the nuance between looking for space *outside* the binary vs. looking for space *inside* the binary.

        It is interesting that attempts on trans people’s part to reclaim space within the gender binary, certainly w.r.t. deity, often end up getting framed as looking for space for non-binary.

        Sadly, when taken to an unacceptable extreme this leads to comments like Z. Budapest saying why can’t you just do trans things instead of barging into women’s space.

        Actually, the first of the two posts of mine of which you so kindly linked the second deals with this in some detail: The spirit of Solstice is still living here, part I: Sacred androgyny/third-gender and unintended impact on trans people.

  2. March 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    And you’re not the only person who noticed some synchronicity! A lot of people have apparently been thinking about trans people, gender, and sacred practice in the last few weeks, and to have this sudden shock occur has precipitated and crystallized a lot of that thought.

    Again, thank you so much for the signal boost and for being so welcoming!

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