The 4th volume of our on-going eco-feminist compilation series has been released on our Bandcamp, where you can download it for free. We seem to be incapable of not having too much going on at any moment so, after knocking around a few religio-hirsutio puns, we settled on the following for the full title: My Goddess Has A Crazy Bush 5: Hair Piety. That’s right – we’re titling an ostensibly “feminist” project with a silly pun that makes use of a slang term for the female genitalia which many females find offensive and which just about anybody would agree is impolite. And we’re mixing that up with “the quality of being religious or reverent”. What the fuck? Of what could we be thinking?
Let’s take a moment to examine the underlying assumptions, always a profitable thing to do: the prevailing notion among the current crop of active feminists is that no one, least of all a person possessing a Y chromosome, should ever use any word or phrase which refers directly to the lady parts and which is anything other than clinical because the use of such words and phrases exhibits or implies derogation of the owners of said lady parts. This is poppycock, or if you prefer, poppycunt. Words only have meaning within a context. Mark Twain’s use of the dreaded N-word in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was deliberate and necessary to convey Twain’s message that no matter how intelligent, moral and capable Jim was, the society he lived in would never view him as fully human because said society was incapable or unwilling to see past the color of his skin. Jim would always be a “nigger” because the white people around him were racists. Twain was putting the burden of racism where it should be – on the people who promote, sustain and profit from it, not on the victims.
The context in which “Hair Piety” occurs is an on-going series of compilations with the stated goal of promoting the idea that both women and nature, two entities long associated in the world’s vast treasure trove of mythology, are deserving of respect and honor. Neither is unclean, cursed or imperfect. Neither needs to be corrected, controlled or tamed. We hold that women’s bodies and natural processes are right and good and proper exactly as created. Of course we recognize that some interference with the ways of nature is perfectly acceptable. Cultivating fields is a fine thing and certainly some trees must be cut for paper and firewood. And we have no problem with women shaving their cooters or wearing make-up if they so desire. We don’t want to impose a different form of control (and this not about some sort of hairy pussy fetish). But right now, for a woman to simply allow her body to sprout hair wherever it wants to is considered shameful, dirty and wrong by a significant portion of adults in America and that is just fucking stupid. It’s one thing to impose the shaving of legs as a cultural norm – legs are frequently visible in the normal course of things – but to promote in women a sense of shame about their private parts, to encourage the idea that having hair where hair grows on adults is disgusting and/or ugly, is blatant misogyny. That beards on men have become trendy simply underlines the obvious double-standard.
The BD in the SR overtly and loudly promotes the world’s religious traditions as metaphors which help people find and enjoy their best quality of life. We hold that religion should always serve the people, a view we share with Jesus Christ, the Buddha and other luminaries. We base all our positions on concepts taken from reputable religious sources. We also do our very best to embody the playful, crude and possibly bone-headed element frequently called the “Trickster”. Our method of operation always employs puns, double entendre and vulgarity. This, we think, is necessary to point out the hypocrisy in many “religious” traditions. F’r instance, the idea that women are inferior to men is an idiocy promoted by the monotheistic traditions of the Middle East, to wit: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These religious traditions have very much good to offer and we are happy to learn from them and support them when they are right, but when it comes to women, they’re fucking wrong. We understand how they came to their erroneous conclusions and we have no desire to excuse, re-write or apologize for past mistakes. What we’re interested in is moving forward, keeping the good and dumping the bad. (This is true for the silly ideas these traditions have about queers too.)
Nature is of the Divine. Women are of nature and, according to the view of antiquity, closer to the Source than men. The attempts by men to control exploit and dominate both women and nature, justified by religious traditions, happened within a context, a world-view. No sensible person can believe that the world-view of the distant past is true today. No one with their head not in their ass can believe that a magic man on a cloud is going to get pissed off and rain disaster on humanity if two fags get married or a woman walks around with her head uncovered. Everyone can benefit by treating myth as a way of seeing the world through a different lens, a lens constructed over centuries and tested by countless individuals.
Religion unifies, heals and lifts up. When anyone, the religious right in USA or ISIS, uses religion to divide, destroy and oppress, they’re lying and we, the religious, must oppose them.
We therefore state and aver that it is right and good and next to Godliness for women to let their cunts be all hairy and funky. (We’re not out of step with the Sikh faith in this matter, though they don’t generally get as nasty as we do.) A woman having a furry burger is a private rebellion against the status quo, an unseen reminder that she is in charge of her body and, though she may have to make certain concessions for work or whate’er, she has not relinquished complete control of her sacred space to the secular powers.
And what’s so fucking wrong with coarse language? How is it demeaning to women when we take a phrase that has been long used by men and stand it on its head? We didn’t coin “bearded clam” so we see no contradiction in stating that same should in fact be bearded, if their owners so desire. The fallacy that it is wrong to refer to body parts in slang terms comes to us from the same monotheistic traditions mentioned above, by way of Queen Elizibeth I, and serves only the purposes of misogynists and hypocrites. Taking their language and using it for our own ends shows up the lies and usurps their power. Let them have their “vaginas”; we’re better served by “cunts”.
It is our nature to present our ideas boldly and with emphasis. We recognize that we can come across as obnoxious and domineering. This is preferable to us than the weak, lily-livered approach taken by so many of our fellow travelers. Progressive liberals tend to present as deferential and afraid to take aggressive positions. Fuck that. We’re living in wartime. There are forces arrayed against us which would destroy the environment and have half of the human population relegated to second-class status, shaved, bleached and submissive. They have billions of dollars, advertising machines and the tacit, if not overt, support of government. We have no faith that politically-correct, milquetoast liberals are going to affect any change at all, because they never have. It’s going to take grenades and flame-throwers to save what’s good in the world (metaphorically speaking, though that may not last). So we shout our tenets with the words that will hit hardest.
If you agree with us in principle, but dislike our choice of words, we hope the principles will win out. Forgive us our foul-mouths and crass esthetics and join us on the front lines.
May God bless you and keep you. See you on the ramparts
Brown Hat the Espresso Shaman
The pun is always intended.