Just want to say a heartfelt thank-you to the Feministe crew, and to everyone who’s taken the time to read and respond to my stuff here over the last two weeks! I’ve especially loved hearing your wisdom in the comments: from thoughts on Marxist feminism to ways of taking refuge and experiences with snark.
I sincerely appreciate folks’ open-mindedness (and endurance! haha – these posts were hella long!) in engaging with what I’ve shared. My style differs a bit from what Feministe readers are used to, and part of my aim for guest-blogging was simply to present some new perspectives. Particularly on the spiritual tip, it seems like this entire dimension of feminists’ experience goes virtually un-discussed and untouched in Lefty feminist media -type circles. Probably in part because of reactions, explicit or implicit, like David‘s:
When you first made a post about dhammic practice, a useful technique for dealing with life’s problems could be gleaned from it, and I found it useful. However, you have since made many posts about your personal religion, and as someone who is not a Buddhist, I feel alienated from your readership. I would greatly appreciate more posts about gender equality, and less about dogma.
Or from no, on my home blog:
Oh, so this is touchy-feely NewAge/Sewage Dipshit Central? Not that I had that high a regard for Feministe anyway, but with you spewing superstitious woo-woo crap all over it these days, that’s one more reason to stick to feminist blogs that value skepticism and reason.
Truth be told, I empathize with the wariness around spirituality. Took me years and years to even try any form of meditation, despite a long-time interest in Buddhist philosophy. Wouldn’t get within 50 yards of an altar or shrine, or assume any kind of bodily position that could in any way be construed as religious, prayer-like, or devotee-ish. (Yoga I rationalized as just another type of exercise.)
All I can say is, I’m glad I got over myself enough to test it out. 🙂
If any of y’all have an interest in investigating the dhamma in the Vipassana/Theravada school, and can find some time, there are free 10-day Vipassana meditation courses (totally donation-based: food and lodging provided) in countries all over the world — with 14 in the U.S. alone. Or if there’s a dharma meditation center near you, you can check it out on your own schedule. Any sangha (dhamma community) would benefit from an influx of quality feminist practitioners!
To repeat Donald Rothberg’s words, “the two paths deeply need each other.”
Thanks again, everybody, and take care.
(Ps: Please feel warmly welcomed to get in touch at katie (dot) loncke (at) gmail (dot) com, on the Facebook, or at Kloncke.com.)