What follows here is just a thought exercise. These are only ideas, but maybe they are ideas that some woman or women somewhere might be able to use. At the very least, I think it is important that we change the way we think about ourselves as women, about our real power, and about how we can disengage from both males and male systems, as much as possible. By male systems I mean things like their medical and legal establishments, which are designed to directly harm us.
In the previous post, I talked about men’s secret societies, their exclusionary nature and how they use them to establish and maintain control over women and, in fact, even over some men who are not insiders. For instance, when a man gets a traffic ticket in a court in the Mormon Corridor (Utah and the entire region where there is a de facto Mormon theocracy operating), the judge, who is usually Mormon insider knows whether or not he is a member based on whether or not he is wearing special “sacred” undergarments and if he is not, he is treated with less kindness and consideration than a man who is a member in good standing. Similarly, men who are members of other masonic-based organizations recognize and give preference to their own members and little or no consideration to those who are not members. The only way for women to be “in” is to be married to a member in good standing.
I talked about these organizations because I see them as a model for how women’s organizations might be run, which is the opposite of how women usually go about things. Most women like the idea of egalitarianism and they foolishly extend it to their enemies. We saw this happen with Atheism Plus. The women were being regularly absued and sexually assaulted by male atheists, so they went off and formed their own group. I applauded until I saw that they quickly opened the door to the hen house to let in more foxes! They let in trannies and gay men and whoever else “felt” oppressed. They did not want to discriminate. The wanted to be inclusive. But, this is one of the biggest mistakes I see women making over and over, again.
Women’s Groups Must Be Exclusionary to Succeed
If any women’s group is to succeed, it must be exclusionary. It must exclude men, including men who think they are women or who think they are somehow oppressed because they like to fuck other men. Men can never be involved and it would be best if they never knew such an organization exists. The reason for this is that we know from experience where ever women gather, men will try to get in to harm us. It doesn’t matter if it’s a women’s shelter, a women’s residency hotel, or something like MichFest.
Women who are female-identified should be given preference. Preference should, also, be given to women without husbands, boyfriends or sons. Women who have allegiances to males can be detrimental to the group.
The group should seek out women who have some means or who, at least, are doers. No dead weight. The Masonic organizations charge membership fees that range from under a hundred to a few hundred dollars. The masonic-based Mormon org. (hereafter called the Morgue, for short) expects their members to pay 10% of their gross income and to perform services, including janitorial services, for them. And, they expect a certain amount of participation.
Secret societies and modern covens are organized as circles within circles. The biggest circle includes prospective members. The innermost circle includes the most trusted and able members of the group, who understand the group’s mission and are 100% committed. In between the inner and outer circles may be any other numbers of circles which exist for different purpose, with different levels of knowledge. Only the innermost circle knows of its own existence. Everyone is sworn to secrecy.
So, a special, exclusive group of women should be selected to be at the core of the group. They must all have the same goal in mind. They must be female-identified, living apart from males, they must be doers (no dead weight!), and they must eschew male systems, which could compromise the safety of the group.
What Women’s Groups Might Accomplish
Various groups of women may exist for only certain purposes. For instance, we see that men constantly want to control women’s bodies. They do this through rape, through mind control and grooming of young girls and women, by withholding information and medication, and withholding access to abortion (or, at least, making these things very, very difficult to obtain), which is a natural right of women and girls, of course.
We must all understand that not only do men not have the right to control our bodies this way (see the post before last about the Catholic fanatic and U.S. Prez candidate, Marco Rubio, who is a throwback from the 17th century!) but they are doing it through systems they have set up centuries ago. We must recognize those system, which include their medical system, their legal system, their courts, their police, etc. We must endeavor to live our lives without running up against any of these things, as much as possible. Of course, this is not always avoidable, which is why women teaching women in secret the things which we are not supposed to know or to know how to do, and women experimenting together with such things as birth control, abortion, and the healing of our reproductive organs from many afflictions, which the patriarchal “health” system usually have no idea how to address, anyway – for instance, endometriosis, which is not understood or really cared about by the patriarchal system, except that a woman may become infertile. Of course, she also lives in incredible pain and dies young as a result of this condition, but they couldn’t care less about that.
It is for this reason that women should fully take responsibility for our health into our own hands and agree to stay far away from the medical establishment, which imprisons women who do not comply. The medical establishment works with police and the entire legal establishment. For this reason alone, I can’t imagine why any woman ever trusts them. Maybe most do not, but feel they have no alternative. But, we women must educate each other about these things and we must do it in secrecy. This is the one thing that the men most hate and fear about us – our reproductive capacity – they covet it! They want to dominate us and when they cannot, kill us, because of it. So, the importance of secrecy in establishing a group like this cannot be over-stressed. The members must also be unwilling to go to the patriarchal medical establishment, in any case, because doing so could implicate everyone involved.
There has been some effort in this direction online, but it can only go so far in public. Back in the 1990s, there were various Yahoogroups that existed for the purpose of sharing information between women. Also, there is still a website run by Sister Zeus: http://www.sisterzeus.com/
There are other aspects to healing, which are illegal to know and use, which could be taught among a tight, exclusionary, committed, non-dead beat, female-identified, group of women. Knowing about these things could keep you out of the hands of the patriarchal medical establishment for your entire life.
Women’s groups might be established for other purposes, as well. In fact, any need that you have, you can bet there are many other women with the same needs, who are simply not able to openly communicate about it. So, if your experience is with male abuse, then a group to help women escape male abusers, might be the purpose of a group.A whole lot of this is about changing the way we think about ourselves, our worth and our rights as human beings. It’s, also, about liberating our minds from other male establishments – such as legal and religious establishments. Many women who are not religious still hold onto certain ideas, which have been placed there by the male establishment. For instance, they may believe that justice can only come from the court system and all else is “just revenge,” and, therefore, bad or wrong somehow. They may hold this idea even though they, themselves, may have experienced repeated injustice and impunity as victims when they tried to use the system. They, also, may believe that repercussions will come from above, if not from “God” then from “karma,” if they act on their own behalf to obtain justice or to bring down the perpetrators of evil against women and girls.
Covens for Women Only
The above-mentioned is why I like the idea of women’s covens, which are relatively small groups of women working for the same goals, preferably in secrecy, of course. But, we women who practice witchcraft have had some success in the past bringing action against the perpetrators of well-publicized crimes against women and girls, in particular, against Boko Haram. An action was organized by a radfem blogger last year, in which we each called upon a powerful spirit(s) we work with to avenge the victims and we saw almost immediate results (within 24 hours): The death of a great many men of Boko Haram and the return of hundreds of kidnapped girls, who had been taken from a school in northern Nigeria. Some of the women who participated were scared by it – although, this is something I cannot understand. But, some others, it seems, were encouraged and have gone on to organize more such spiritual actions and it looks like some African witches have joined in, too:
In the wake of the most recent Boko Haram attacks on a group of Nigerian children, several U.S. Witches have now joined the efforts to use Witchcraft to help stop this terrorist group. Calling themselves the Social Justice Witches Working, these women are asking Witches and other magical workers from around the world to come together on Feb. 13 to stop the violence perpetrated by the Nigerian-based terrorist organization. (Reference: http://wildhunt.org/tag/social-justice-witches-working)
(Note on the Feri tradition mentioned in this article: The Feri are a non-Wiccan establishment of witches, which was founded by a witch name Cora from the Ozark Mountain region and her partner whose name is Anderson. His name is mentioned in this article, but hers is not. It is not a fertility cult like Wicca and was founded in the U.S. in the 1940s, before Wicca, which didn’t come along until the 1950s in England. The Wikipedia article on Feri is, as usual, stupid and full of misinformation. The four directions and the seven levels (or “seven heavens”) it refers to and, also, the little people are features of American Indian culture in the southeast region (especially the Cherokee), including the color associations (black in the west, red in the east, blue to the north and white to the south), which may be similar to Wicca, but likely did not come from Europe, in this instance, since they are far older and native to this continent and, in fact, the region where Cora came from. The Feri revere a peacock goddess (a primordial spirit who is represented by this animal), which is similar to that of the Yazidis. You will remember that it is the Yazidi women who have been abducted, enslaved and in many cases raped to death by Muslims calling themselves ISIS and similar-sounding names.)
There will be another mass working of witches scheduled on February 13, 2016. See the details here: http://leanintojoy.org/2016/02/08/calling-all-magic-workers-a-global-working-against-boko-haram/ The facebook event page for the online group, Social Justice Witches Working may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1746659622232596/
Your group, of course, would not have to include witchcraft or any kind of spiritual practice, but if you do include these things, you always have the luxury of calling yourself a religion and falling back on the protections given to people who claim to have religious beliefs – at least, this might work in the U.S. Many men’s groups include some form of witchcraft or “magic with a k,” usually only at the innermost circles. Those on the outside, including wives and daughters of members (same with the Mormons), cannot participate and many do not know about it. Traditionally, the men use women as psychics and mediums for some of these activities because their own metaphysical energy is not suited to the task. (Men are energetically like holes, which is ironic since they think of us as “walking holes” – life force energy flows in and back out like water poured into a funnel, they do not retain it like women do. This is why to a psychic, many of them appear to be standing in an energetic void. It’s why they die young and why they keep trying to rape and kill us at “random,” at least, that’s the metaphysical explanation. On a subconscious level, they want our energy supply.)
Online groups can be good and helpful, but they can only go so far. Few of us have the time or resources to form groups in real life, so for many of us this may be the only option. Any groups designed to take us off the patriarchal “grid” would be a step in the right direction. Even if we only work on one aspect of it at a time, we have to free ourselves by changing our thinking about the world first, then by disengaging from damaging patriarchal systems.
Women’s groups should exist only to help women – actual women. The efforts should not be splintered to assist other groups. Anyone who suggests such a thing should be kicked out of the group, immediately. Women must learn to not fear being exclusionary and discriminatory. Our lives depend on it.