Bitches, Witches and Rebel Virgins – Oh My!

Ever notice how the universe seems to send messages, where a sort of theme seems to be running through your days and week?  It is almost as though someone is trying to tell you something but you are not getting it, so they try again and again?

No, I’m not talking about the re-targeting efforts of the advertisers online.  I mean … where you’ll see something on an email and then on a billboard and then your friend will call and start talking about it — THAT sort of Universal re-targeting!

Well,  the theme for this week seems to be about women being blamed for everything that EVER went wrong, since the beginning of time.    I’ve learned a lot this week and have been shocked (even though I didn’t think I still COULD be shocked – I have known for my whole life that I live in a man’s world after all …).  Shocked I was, and gladdened and grateful once again to live in this day and age.

Even if this whole topic began with a man of this age, with his ideas clearly stuck in the past and his head in his ass.  Ah yes, Cardinal Raymond Burke, an Irish-American Catholic Cardinal said that the problems in the church today are the fault of women: “since the 1960’s women have “feminized” the church and discouraged “manly” men from participating in clerical life.”

Oh, it gets worse.  Not only do the women discourage manly men from becoming priests, but women are apparently the cause of the international pedophilia and abuse scandals.

“There was a period of time when men who were ‘feminized’ and confused about their own sexual identity had entered the priesthood; sadly some of these disordered men sexually abused minors; a terrible tragedy for which the Church mourns,” said Cardinal Burke.

Ah.  The women, feminizing everything,  distorted these poor disordered men into pedophilia and then?  Then,  the women must have talked all the Cardinals into hiding the pedophiles and covering up for them?

Oh, I was annoyed, believe me.  But I do believe in Karma.  I do believe that despite his baptism into the Catholic church and despite his honors and rank as a Cardinal, he will meet his just rewards.  He will have to pay for his idiocy.

I have no doubt:  Karma is a bitch, as they say.

If you would like to annoy yourself with the rest of the article, click here!  You will be glad to know that this pope, Pope Francis, did see fit to demote Cardinal Raymond.

I moved on.  The very next day an article showed up in my mailbox about witches.  Oh good goddess!

Did you know that in addition to ruining the Catholic church,  women are also responsible for global warming and climate changes?  Oh, sure.  Have been forever.  And we know these women as witches.

“In a paper published in 2004, Brown University economist Emily Oster argues that the witch persecutions that took place in Europe between the mid-16th and end of the 18th century were influenced by noticeable weather changes during the period. A 400-year “medieval warm period” was followed by a “little ice age” before things started warming up again—factors that would have severely affected food production. The cultural framework at the time suggested that witches had control over the weather and thus could be justifiably persecuted. “

Persecuted.  Justifiably, of course.

What became apparent as I read the article, is NOT that women aka witches control the weather so much as the weather controls the food supply and when food is getting scarce, it’s time to do a little culling of the herd, so to speak.  And in choosing which members to cull,  the older women, [no longer childbearing] would be the first to go – a waste of food.

Lest we get complacent and think we are stuck in a past dark century, please note that Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, India, and parts of Latin America (to name a few) are still murdering witches.  Thousands of women have been attacked, driven from their villages or murdered – accused as witches – when really it’s a food, land, resource grab.   It hasn’t been getting better.  In fact it’s worse since 2002.

In some countries the practice of witch killing is legal.  In India, brutal witch killings are weekly topics in newspapers.  More than 2,500 people  were accused of witchcraft and killed between 2000 and 2012.

Like so many other places, witches in India are almost always women.

“Often a woman is branded a witch so that you can throw her out of the village and grab her land, or to settle scores, family rivalry, or because powerful men want to punish her for spurning their sexual advances. Sometimes, it is used to punish women who question social norms.” ~Ramesh Singh of the Indian Social Institute

Interestingly, witch killings dropped dramatically in countries where old-age pensions were introduced.  I guess they didn’t have to kill the old women anymore.  They could just steal their pension.

Anyway, better look out ladies.  We’ve been hearing a lot about global warming lately.  Although we know damn well who is responsible for  this (and it certainly isn’t the little old ladies of the world), the blame train is heading for us again.

Now I’d barely gotten my head around all that negativity:  women bringing down the Catholic church and woman bringing down the ENTIRE EARTH by controlling the climate [guys, there are a lot f middle-aged women running around right now.  If we could control the climate, we sure would NOT be making it hotter!]

If you would like to read the article Changes in Climate have Always Made Things Worse for Accused Witches click here! 

Next thing that turns up: Rebel Virgins.  What?!

OK, so I was aware that women were pretty much written out of the stories of early Christianity.  A lot of men were too.  A lot of people who lived and died to bring Christianity to the world, were purposely forgotten because they didn’t fit in with the story of Jesus Christ that the church agreed it wanted to present to the world.

This article described the lives of a several of the women of those ancient days.  They were willing to use themselves and their own money to further the church. And then they were written out of their own stories!  Interestingly, what we know of these women, we know from their male counterparts and what they told of their stories.

Saint Melania the Elder, Saint Paula of Rome, Susan (not sure if she is a saint or not) were ascetics who went out to the desert and forged communities of hermits who fasted and prayed, spoke little and did not ask much from life, except to be left alone. They became known as Desert Mothers.

Didn’t sound very rebellious to me.

“They’d given up their silk clothes and pearl earrings, the hairstyles and rouge and musk, even bathing, as signs of vanity, and were now wearing coarse robes made of goat’s hair. They stayed almost entirely in their houses, fasting and praying, discussing Scripture; in secret, they might visit a nearby basilica or martyr’s tomb.  They never allowed themselves to rest on couches or cushions of any kind, and at night they slept on thin mats on the floor—though they hardly slept, spending those hours, instead, crying and praying. Most importantly, these women—some of them widows, some only recently of marrying age, all converts to Christianity—had each taken a vow of chastity.”

Ok.  It sounds like some women’s religious institutes in modern day, albeit stricter.  Except is wasn’t modern day.  Except the social standards and rules were very different.  Except the LAWS were very different …

“Laws passed by Augustus just before the start of the Common Era still required all upper-class men to marry and all women to procreate … Women could only become financially independent—or, simply, independent—if they’d been divorced or widowed or given birth to a minimum of three children.”

Say what now?  In this light, the vow of chastity is an act of devotion, an act of defiance and a legal loophole.  In a world where the only way a woman could become independent would be to be widowed with children,”virginity became a movement, the ultimate hack.”  It was an out.  It meant freedom from forced motherhood for those not maternally inclined.

Of course, the freedom for these women would not last.  It seems that women must always be blamed, subdued, enslaved.

“This life outside of social convention would not last. Toward the end of the third century, the emperor Diocletian ordered  widespread on chaste Christian women. All partner-less women who refused to marry were to be raped or prostituted. 1,000 widows were martyred in Antioch; 2,000 virgins were martyred in Ancyra.”

I had always been taught that the world back then was anti-Christian.  It certainly was anti-women.  What a shame that the church which had accepted these womens’ money and labor should kick them to the curb and align with the same anti-women sentiment of the government at the time.

For the article on The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who have been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History click here!

So there you have the 3 articles that have turned up in my mailbox this week.  I’m not entirely sure what the Universe was trying to tell me except that as backward as things may seem in my own country and our culture I am very glad to be here and now.

I suppose I must find some level of tolerance for these men for all of them were acting in accordance with the beliefs and laws of their time and place.  It’s time to do better as humans.  Educate.  Teach tolerance.  Know that the future can be better, if we do something to change it.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was originally published on 1/30/2016 and has been revamped and updated as part of the big blog move!]
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Patt Timlin is a marketing expert set on sharing her expertise with other online marketers to help them achieve the dream of working online. She is secretly pleased with the surge in content marketing as revenge of the English majors! Entrepreneur, blogger, guide, helper – Patt loves the online world and loves to share it!

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