I’m getting nervous about my paper on Lesbiphobia and the Pagan Community. I’m going to be stirring a hornet’s nest and I know it. I can tell just by the data I got back on the survey for all non-lesbians. A lot of people are very sure they have never discriminated against a lesbian and that ain’t so.
It’s probably because they assumed they were being inclusive and that very assumption is part of the problem. Pantheacon says it’s inclusive but by caving to people who wanted to tell Z Budapest what to do at her ritual that they had invited her to have there, they were discriminating against lesbians. The whole nature of the original Dianic movement is to enable women born women to have a safe space. To have a place where their bodies and experiences are accepted. Blood mysteries, especially are part of the Dianic mysteries and you used to be required to take the Blood mysteries classes just to join Circle of Aradia. If it wasn’t required it was highly encouraged. To insist and devalue the blood mystery component and insist transgendered males to female be included when they can never take part in a blood mystery is discrimination against the women.wimmin/wymin that want to have those kinds of safe spaces. Non-lesbians that insist that lesbians allow transgendered mtf or even gay men into their circles are discriminating are missing the point and ignoring the fact that male privilege is being asserted on women who are the lowest on the privilege scale except when practicing the Dianic version of the Craft.
(For those who don’t know, Blood mysteries involve a women’s menstrual cycle and the changes a women’s body goes through monthly and through her life time.)
I had a lot of lesbians refuse to fill it out because they didn’t trust me to use the data responsibly. So I had some conversations about it with them instead.
So this is going to be interesting and I know I’m going to be hitting some oh so liberal thinking people with the concept that they aren’t as liberal as they think they are.