Monday, November 22, 2010

Womb Envy

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'"

The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,' but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

'You will not certainly die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'”
-Genesis 3:1-5

"In the beginning, people prayed to the Creatress of Life, the Mistress of Heaven. At the very dawn of religion, God was a woman." The ancient goddess "as she was known in Babylon, Egypt, Crete, and Greece... identified as or with the serpent." -Merlin Stone, When God Was A Woman

A team of scientists have identified a vertebrate animal that has, for the first recorded time ever, naturally produced female offspring that contained one-half of her genetic material.

The reptile in question, a snake, reproduced asexually despite the presence of sperm and the opportunity to reproduce sexually with males.

And here I will wonder aloud whether all patriarchal, male-centric religions, and their insistence that salvation can only occur through a male savior, sprung forth as an overreaction to a basic male insecurity (infamously and insincerely echoed by Maureen Dowd): Are men necessary?

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