Reassessing “feminine spirituality”

When I began writing this blog (and its predecessor) over two years ago, I did not foresee a scenario in which I had evolved past my obsession with Goddess-worship or so-called “feminine spirituality.” I was deeply invested in this for the last decade, and my interest in a feminist alternative to patriarchal religions began when I was still in high school, back in 1991, despite my being a fundamental Baptist. After my disillusionment with Christianity in general (following my rather abrupt expulsion from a short-lived priesthood), I became a dedicated follower of a Goddess religion. At the same time, I became more open toward explorations of sexuality, but it was not until about a year ago when I let go of the binary gender altogether, along with the sexist and limiting view of “femininity.”

Lately, I have also been reassessing my views of feminism and much of the cultural and political assumptions about “femininity” and “womanliness.” Much of them I’ve so far found to be something that reifies the patriarchal and cisheteronormative ideals of femaleness within the context of a binary and heterosexual framework.

In this light, I no longer adhere to the position that females are always right and the solidarity of “sisterhood” is infallible. Even the “feminine spirituality” is not beyond rational critique as far as I am concerned.

In particular, much of female pseudo-spirituality that is nothing more than a commercial enterprise built around female lifestyle empowerment brands and a patchwork of unethical New Age practices mixed with a plethora of cultural appropriations is pure worthless garbage, if not outright harmful to those it purports to serve.

Too often, this so-called “feminine spirituality” lacks sound theological and anthropological foundations (for example, reconstructed “eclectic” witchcraft that claims to be based on ancient practices but without any historical proof), consistent ethical standards, and capacity for rational and critical thinking. It is as though all of these attributes–sound scholarship, ethics, reason, and critical thinking–are “patriarchal” and “masculine” so everything against them would be “feminine.” In so doing, the peddlers of the ersatz “feminine spirituality” are paradoxically reifying male supremacy and playing straight into the men’s idea of how females behave.

When male TV preachers deceive vulnerable and desperate people while swindling millions of dollars in “donations,” the leftists (most feminists are pro-state, progressive leftists) would be outraged and foaming in their mouths, calling for Congress to tax churches. Yet, when female “mediums” and “psychics” are doing exactly the same, somehow no women dare speak out. Sisterhood is powerful, indeed.