Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO God?" I first asked myself this question in 1971. I was sitting in a circle of women in Westchester, New York. We were all "housewives" with families and homes to care for. Some of us worked outside the home as well. It was the first consciousness-raising group I had ever attended.

Each woman had agreed to address the question "What prevented me from doing something I wanted to do?" I spoke about my recent decision to leave graduate school before completing my degree. I had been studying classics. I told the group that if anything had prevented me from earning my doctorate it was the subject of classics itself. It seemed that most of what the present generation of classical scholars did was describe the work of the past generation of classical scholars. Nothing new was happening. Although I enjoyed university life and although I felt work as a scholar was my true vocation, I could not bear research that was done as if it were ritual -- research that was undertaken for the sake of proving you could endure the tedium of citing obscure texts and checking the even more obscure references to those texts. If I ever went back to graduate school, I had promised myself it would be to study something new -- something that mattered in the evolution of human culture.

Most of the other women also discussed their failure to . . .

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