This page is dedicated to exposing the inhabitants of The Foreground, Their Activities and Characteristics
Getting to The Root of Reversals
“We are aware that the gods of patriarchy are pale derivatives and reversals of ancient yet always Present Goddess(es). We suspect that phallocentric writers and artists who have even a glimmer of insight are sometimes made uncomfortable by their own state of deception. Those who have any awareness of the heinous crime of reversal which is patriarchy must be in a state of deep conflict and fear of…Her.”
― Mary Daly
What is Patriarchy? It is a society MANufractured and controlled by males: Fatherland; society in which every legitimated institution is entirely in the hands of males and a few selected henchwomen; society characterized by oppression, repression, depression, narcissism, cruelty, racism, classism, ageism, objectification, sadomasochism, necrophilia, joyless society, ruled by Godfather, Son, and Company; society fixated on proliferation, propagation, procreation, and bent on the destruction of all Life: the prevailing religion of the entire planet, whose essential message is necrophilia. (Mary Daly) Patriarchy is religion. Religion is Patriarchy. If god is male, then male is god. Fatherland is The Foreground.
What is The Foreground? It is the male-centered and mono-dimensional arena where fabrication, objectification, and alienation take place; zone of fixed feelings, perceptions, behaviors, the elementary world (in comparison to The Background– See “Reversing the Reversals“). A place of male-minded mind molds and manufactured memories.
What are Reversals? A fundamental mechanism employed in the world construction and world-maintenance of patriarchy; basic method employed in the making of patriarchal myths, ideologies, institutions, policies, and strategies; mad, master-minded maneuver characteristic of mirrordom (Looking Glass Society): INVERSION-turning everything inside out and upside down. Examples: the absurd story of Eve’s birth from Adam, the belief that the Radical Feminist world view is “narrow” and/or “dated” (Mary Daly)…..and labeling Radical Feminists as “Feminazi’s”.
Fraternity of Phallic Fellers: the ruling brotherhood of phallocracy (and fatherhood of god): fellowship of fools (Foolosophy) whose project is to fell the Tree of Life by forcing women to our knees and bringing down all of nature. (Mary Daly)
Canny Comment: For the fist time in human history the mother kneels before her son; she freely accepts her inferiority. This is the supreme masculine victory, consummated in the cult of the Virgin-it is the rehabilitation of woman through the accomplishment of her defeat. ~Simone de Beauvoir, commenting on the christian cult of the Virgin Mary.
Abominable Snowmen of Androcratic Academia: freezers and packagers of learning; chilling throng of frigid fellows, specialists in verbigeration and refrigeration of knowledge. (Mary Daly)
Academentia– normal state of persons in academia, marked by varying and progressive degrees; irreversible deterioration of faculties of intellectuals.~ Diane Beguine)
Gynocidal Society of Godfather, Son & Company
A woman must never be free of subjugation.-THE HINDU CODE OF MANU, V
I thank thee, O Lord, that thou has not created me a woman.-DAILY ORTHODOX JEWISH PRAYER
Creator of the heavens and the earth, He has given you wives from among yourselves to multiply you, and cattle male and female. Nothing can be compared to Him.-HOLY KORAN OF ISLAM
Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands…..for the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.-Ephesians 5:23-24
Religion legitimates so effectively because it relates the precarious reality constructions of empirical societies with ultimate reality.-PETER BERGER, IN THE SACRED CANOPY
You are the devil’s gateway…..How easily you destroyed man, the image of God. Because of the death which you brought upon us, even the Son of God had to die.-TERTULLIAN
All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable.-SPRENGER AND KRAMER in MALLEUS MALEFICARUM
Whenever man has thought it necessary to create a memory for himself his effort has been attended with torture, blood, sacrifice.-NIETZSCHE
If the violation of taboos transcends the sexual sphere and leads to refusal and rebellion, the sense of guilt is not alleviated and repressed but rather transferred: not we, but the fathers, are guilty.-HERBERT MARCUSE
The biological male is the oppressor not by virtue of his male biology but by virtue of his rationalizing supremacy on the basis of that biological difference.-ANNE KOEDT
So kill all the male children. Kill also all the women who have slept with a man. Spare the lives only of the young girls who have not slept with a man, and take them for yourselves.-NUMBERS 31:17-18
Moses and Eleazar the priest did as Yahweh had ordered Moses. The spoils, the remainder of the booty captured by the soldiers, came to six hundred and seventy-five thousand head of small stock, seventy-two thousand head of cattle, sixty-one thousand donkeys, and in persons, women who had never slept with a man, thirty-two thousand in all.-NUMBERS 31:31-35
Should she cease to please you, you will let her go where she wishes, not selling her for money: you are not to make any profit out of her, since you have had the use of her.-DEUTERONOMY 21:14
Here is my daughter; she is a virgin; I will give her to you. Posses her, do what you please with her, but do not commit such an infamy against this man.-JUDGES 19:24
“Son of man, the members of the House of Israel used to live in their own land, but they defiled it by their conduct and actions; to me their conduct was as unclean as a woman’s menstruation. I then discharged my fury at them because of the blood they shed in their land and the idols with which they defiled it. ~EZEKIEL 36:16-18
Nag Hammadi on pg. 66 & 67:”And the Sophia of the Epinoia, being an aeon, conceived a thought from herself and the conception of the invisible spirit and foreknowledge. She wanted to bring forth a likeness out of herself without the consent of her consort, without his consideration. And though the person of her maleness had not approved, and she had not found his agreement, yet she brought forth. And because of the invincible power which is in her, her thought did not remain idle and something came out of her which was imperfect and different from her appearance, because she had created it without her consort. And it was dissimilar to the likeness of its mother, for it has another form. And when she saw (the consequences of) her desire, it changed into a form of a lion-faced serpent. And it’s eyes were like lightning fires which flash. She cast it away from her, outside that place that no one of the immortal ones might see it. And she surrounded it with luminous cloud, and she placed a throne in the middle of the cloud that no one might see it except the holy spirit who is called the mother of the living. And she called his name Yaltaboath. This is the first archon who took great power from his mother. He removed hismelf from her and moved away from the places in which he was born. He became strong and created for himself other aeons with a flame of luminous fire which (still) exists now. And he joined with his arrogance which is in him and begot authorities for himself. The name of the first on is Athoth, whom the generations call the reaper. The second one is Harmaas, who is the eye of envy. The third one is Kalila-Oumbri. The Fourth one is Yabel. The fifth one is Adonaiou, who is called Sabaoth. The sixth one is Cain, whom generations of men call the sun. The seventh is Abel. The eighth is Abrisene. The ninth is Yobel. The tenth is Armoupieel. The Eleventh is Melceir-Adonein. The twelfth is Belias, it is he who is over the depth of Hades. And he placed seven kings- each corresponding to the firmaments of heaven-over the seven heavens, and five over the depth of the abyss, that they may reign. And he shared his fire with them, but he did not send forth from the power of the light which he had taken from his mother, for he is ignorant darkness.
The 30 pieces of silver: Was the Elemental “Christ” Female not male (born of parthenogenesis or “Seed of Woman” and/or is “The Christ” the Mother)? “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Her to you?” And they counted out to him THIRTY PIECES of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to turn Her in.” (Matthew 26: 14- 16, Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22: 3-6).Matthew 27:3 “When Judas, who had turned her in, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was filled with remorse and returned the THIRTY PIECES of silver to the chief priests and the elders.” Why was the price for “Jesus” set on 30 pieces of silver? Leviticus 27:2-4 Verse 2: Christ spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel, saying, If anyone makes a special VOW, according to the valuation by the people who will be redeemed, your valuation will be as follows: Verse 3: As for a male from twenty to sixty years, the valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. Verse 4: And if it be a woman, the valuation shall be THIRTY SHEKELS. Another version reads: “If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate someone to the Lord by PAYING the VALUE of that person, here is the SCALE of VALUES to be used: A man between the ages of twenty and sixty is valued at fifty shekels of silver, as measured by the sanctuary shekel. A WOMAN of that age is valued at thirty shekels of silver.“
Gospel of Thomas (saying 1:14)- Coptic/Gnostic TextSimon Peter said to Jesus “Let Mary leave us for women are not worthy of life. Jesus said “I, myself shall lead her, in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom”.
The joy of Elemental women, then, is Earthy, and so also is our philosophical quest. The lust to kill this philosophical quest is expressed in yet another Pauline text, which provides further clues for understanding the perversion/reversal of primal Wonderlust:When we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoptions as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” . . . .But now that you have come to know God, or rather be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more? (Gal. 4:3-9 [R.S.V.])Elemental women who have learned to recognize the technique of reversal will be suspicious of the word “slave” in this context. We do not wish to be redeemed by a god, to be adopted as sons, or to have the spirit of a god’s son artificially injected into our harts crying “father”. Having seen the horror of such phallocratic “spirituality,” we indeed can “turn back again,” re-membering our Selves as strong and proud “Elemental spirits,” and using this expression as a Metaphor to Name our Sources, Sisters, Muses, Friends, as well as our Selves. As we turn back, re-membering, we understand ever more deeply the war continually waged against Elemental life by the fathers and sons.
Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights, in the words of Catherine:” If I were in heaven, Nelly, I should be extremely miserable. . . . I dreamt once that I was there. . . . that heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.”
Elemental philosophy is of the world. It is for those who love and belong to this world, who experience Be-Longing in this world, who refuse the horror of Self-loss implied in dying “with Christ” to the Elemental spirits of the universe. In case there could be any delusions concerning the element-hating thrust of christian ideology, which seeks to kill Earthy wisdom, Paul drives home the point: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Col. 3:2-3 [R.S.V.])
It is evident that Paul experienced distaste for philosophy which is associated with Elemental spirits. The antithesis of such Wild Worldly Wisdom is Christ. The extent of the necrophilic lust motivating these words becomes even more evident later in the same chapter: If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? (Col. 2:20 [R.S.V.])
Clues about the nature of Elemental Wisdom can be gleaned from statements attributed to the apostle Paul- arch-hater of life in general and women in particular- concerning elements and Elementals. He wrote: See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8 [R.S.V.])