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This article was published in the Green Egg quite a few years ago. You can read it here It is very NeoPagan oriented, but I think fits well with some of the ideas discussed about the Order.
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Date:January 12th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)

Oh dear me... while I have some difficulties with this Lady's presentation, (and I mean no offence to her or any by saying that) you are right- she touches on the core principles of our Order. It wasn't a bad read at all!


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Date:January 14th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)

For me, it answers a lot of questions.
Why some feminists object to having doors opened, and why they forbid their sons to play with plastic swords.
I feel that modern day Feminists are really at a loss in raising male children, and I do not feel that modern day Christianity does much better. Let us acknowledge that men were shaped by nature as fighters and hunters, and proceed from there. We need to recognise that 'male' does not equal 'evil', that men can use their male talents to the betterment of all, and this needs to be harnessed. Feminism "is not about me", as a man. Feminism makes no attempt to engage me or my talents at all in fact, whereas chivalry does.
I had in mind to address these issues myself. I am glad that someone has done a better job.
Although I would not class myself as neo pagan, I acknowledge Truth wherever and however presented, and there is much truth in this for me. My thanks for this excellent article to the writer and the one who posted the link here.
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Date:January 16th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
I've got a whole rant about the fluidity of gender roles over time, which I really won't go into here. Suffice it to say that ds, who's a card-carrying fully-paid-up ADHDer, is one of the gentlest souls I've ever known, as is his father. On both counts.

So I dispute the assertion of the writer of this article that boys are naturally warlike or violent or whatever.

That being said, I think that her plan is an interesting one for any parent searching for a role model for hir children, boys or girls.

20+ years ago, I went to a suburban junior high school where the girls' locker room was like a 'women in prison' movie without the knives. They'd swear at each other, they'd push each other into the lockers, they'd sit around and swap tales of their sexual exploits (talk about tmi! ew!).

Times have gotten rougher since then, and seems that having something "bigger" to focus on is exactly the kind of antidote called for.
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