Countering Dominant Culture

What if?! What if crazy hypothetical “what if” questions were not so hypothetical? Can we break the molds of our cultures to discover and create our truth? Can we create our truth?… Is that a thing? I think so. Is this not what the Dalai Lama teaches us when he writes about ignorance and cyclic existence? How then, given the opportunity, liberated would you be?

It is not just a gender issue, you see. It is a matter of completely unraveling all that we were taught and reweaving it with an empowered spirit that is intuitive and wise. It raises questions of course! Who am I? Who will I be?

So how does a radical re-visioning of your spirituality and all that you know to be true make you feel? How does it make you feel when you hear these types of newly woven and empowered cultures are the new subcultures of paganism?

To me, it felt like Lasara Allen had brought light to emotions I sensed but had yet to define. I feel connected to many things she has written and they feel right. Many shunned feelings were affirmed and I am looking at myself differently (Whether I wanted to or not). I look forward to my unraveling and even more excited for my weaving!

It is not just a gender issue, you see. It is a matter of completely unraveling all that we were taught and reweaving it with an empowered spirit that is intuitive and wise. It raises questions of course! Who am I? Who will I be?

So how does a radical re-visioning of your spirituality and all that you know to be true make you feel? How does it make you feel when you hear these types of newly woven and empowered cultures are the new subcultures of paganism?

To me, it felt like Lasara Allen had brought light to emotions I sensed but had yet to define. I feel connected to many things she has written and they feel right. Many shunned feelings were affirmed and I am looking at myself differently (Whether I wanted to or not). I look forward to my unraveling and even more excited for my weaving!

Excerpt from Jailbreaking the Goddess by Lasara Firefox Allen

Countering Dominant Culture

Contemporary Paganism and goddess spirituality are a counterculture. More precisely, Paganism and goddess spirituality are many countercultures and subcultures. By definition, all countercultures and subcultures exist within the fabric of the dominant culture. This being the case, all countercultures are built on the same foundational elements as the dominant culture.

Even once we have done a lot of work around deprogramming from the values and morals of the dominant culture, the effects still infiltrate in subtle (and not so subtle) ways. The patriarchal construct we all live within defines much of what we think of as the bedrock of our self-identity, our spiritual beliefs, and our assumptions about life in general.

The stealthy tendrils of patriarchy worm their way into the deepest recesses of our consciousness and thought processes. Patriarchal thoughts, values, and beliefs are so deep in us that we think they come from within. Patriarchal ideologies predict our actions and reactions, our assumptions of normalcy, and the measures by which we evaluate culture and identity.

Genderized language creates relationships between qualities (nurturing, robust, bitchy, weak, powerful) and the binary genders (male and female). When we say that strong is a male or masculine quality and soft is feminine or female quality, we are reinforcing gender-based norms and adherence to them.

What if strong was just strong, soft was just soft, and nurturing was just nurturing?

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