In Search of Fierce Femininity
Taryn De Vere
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Really fine piece. The patriarchy you so eloquently write about has been building for a long time. Aristotle would be a good place to start. Catholic theologians, Augustine and Aquinas — Fathers of the Church no less —demeaned the feminine and vestiges of that remain in doctrine and the psyche. I was just studying the Council of Trent (1563) that defined the modern Catholic church. One doctrine that came out of this council was that a man could only violate someone else’s marriage but his own marriage could only be violated by his wife. The notion of women as property goes back a long way and that chorus has been led exclusively by men. Good luck.

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