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November 26

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About those traditions...


QUOTE by Joan Markdale.

"Golden Lilies," all:

      Yes, women sometimes are abused today because we don't know our proper place or because we don't pay the proper homage, or whatever. Postmodern feminism via Paglia and Sommers indicates we should wish we were back in the olden days when proper women were "highly regarded"...
      In 1891 - Traditionalists in India fought against the reform law that sought protection for child-brides by raising the minimum age at which marriage could be consumated (sexual intercourse) from ten to 12 years of age. One of the primary causes of death of girls was their pelvises being crushed by their husbands during coitus.
      Golden Lily - We hear about the Chinese upper class woman having her feet bound and how it was considered a mark of beauty. Ah, but long was the foot allowed to grow?

      The perfect Golden Lily so admired in Chinese poetry and literature was three inches from heel to toe. Obviously a properly bound woman could not walk on her "Golden Lillies" without help. (Compare the 3.5" disk in your floppy drive.)
      During the hey-day of the wasp waist styles in the U.S., many women had their two lower ribs removed surgically to fit the ideal profile.

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B. 11-26-1792, Sarah Moore Grimke, along with her sister Angelina, drew audiences in the thousands, but were widely criticized for addressing audiences of both sexes. Angelina's letters to Catherine Beecher regarding slavery and abolition along with Sarah's letters on the Equality of the Sexes and The Condition of Women, published in 1838, constitute some of the earliest written advocacy for women's rights in the US.

B. 11-26-1822, Lilly Martin Spencer, her paintings sold for higher prices than George Caleb or John J. Audubon, but somehow, her name no longer appears with notable artists... hmmm...

B. 11-26-1827, Ellen Gould Harmon White, author of the nine volumes of the Seventh Day Adventist Testimonies for the Church.

B. 11-26-1832, (some say 11-25-1832) Mary Walker, physician, surgeon or charlatan? First woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865, rescinded by Congress in 1917 and reinstated in 1972.

B. 11-26-1858, Mother Mary Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. MKD inherited $14 million in 1880; she used her funds freely while directing her order's work, which ranged from a school for black girls in Virginia to schools for Indians in the West. In 1915 she endowed and began forming Xavier University in New Orleans, the only Catholic college for blacks in the U.S.

D. 11-26-1883, Sojourner Truth, black abolitionist who is said to have adopted the name Sojourner as a symbol of her lecture tours, which espoused abolition and women's rights. Her original name was Isabella.

B. 11-26-1938, Judith Blecker Goldsmith, NOW president 1982-1985, who attempted to move the National Organization for Women (NOW) towards political strength and power rather than protests. She was defeated for reelection by former NOW president Ellie Smeal, whose protesting tactics stalled the ERA amendment three states short of ratification.

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      "Clearly, 'civilized' man cannot tolerate such memories within a male-ordered society based on monogamous marriage and on total faithfulness of the wife. To protect his patrilineal descent, his son must be the son of the father and not the son of the mother. His affairs will not endanger the male line of succession, but, given the same freedom, his wife might become pregnant by somebody else and restore the supremacy of matrilineal descent.
      "Interestingly, female succession was clearly customary among the Celts, to judge by their mythological traditions. Still half-way between gynocratic and androcratic society, they were much more tolerant of female adultery than purely patriarchal societies. It is the very freedom of the woman to use her sex as she likes that threatens masculine authority, since it implies that woman is capable of everything."
            -- Markdale, Joan. Women of the Celts.

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