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A Biblical Feminist Confronts the Girls Goddesses, Part 1

Parts 1 and 2 of an ongoing series on Sundays at PJ Lifestyle dedicated to analyzing the rebirth of an ancient cult into today's popular culture.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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June 9, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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In the 1970s, feminists revived goddess worship. Their reasoning: to Jews and Christians, God is male so we’re going to start our own She-ra, Man-Haters Club and have our own goddesses instead. Far be it from me to criticize someone for starting their own clique, but their disturbing lack of logic has rained on the chick parade ever since.

Compare the following Biblical account:

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.  She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor.  I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”

“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.”

…with the following historical account:

The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger once in her life. …most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads …Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple… It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home… There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.

Prophetess or prostitute — there’s a million-dollar question. Why represent the Living God when you can enslave yourself to unknown men in service of a sculpted woman?

The irony deepens when one continues to read (not stereotype) the Bible to find that Israelite women didn’t need to waste their time fighting to be equal to men; they were busy fulfilling their own unique role in society. Created with an intrinsic spiritual link to God, women were the first teachers of Torah to their children. They managed their homes, families, and finances. While other women served gods and goddesses by sacrificing their bodies and their children on pagan altars, Hebrew women were called by their God to birth, raise, educate, build, and prophesy to their nation. Long before American women decided they needed equality, Israelite women were divinely empowered.

Yet it’s this revived goddess theology, not biblical feminism, that has trickled down from yesterday’s second-wave feminism into today’s pop culture to the point where the term “goddess” has become a compliment slung about among women anxious to buy t-shirts, mugs, and jewelry encrusted with a term of ancient slavery. Nowhere is the pop-goddess trend more evident than on television, where women continue to be defined and glorified through sexual acts. Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and the “Backdoor Teen Mom” have all reached stardom through cut-and-dry video prostitution, while fictional shows like HBO’s Girls provide more high-brow, intellectual goddess-fodder, which the graduate school-educated critics crave.

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Perhaps because, like any popular show, it reflects aspects of our society that need examining.
43 weeks ago
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It took some struggle, but years ago I gave up being a fiction writer. The reason was, I just don't give a crap about other people's lives. Especially the lives of people like Lena Dunham's characters.

See that pic of Lena in her ugly underwear? That's what fiction writers are expected to be fascinated by. That's what Lena's fascinated by, evidently. Slobby, depressed young women whoring around and being totally clueless about it.

Why would anyone want to watch such people for entertainment? Why would writers want to create such people and spend hours, days, weeks thinking about them - letting them roam around in their minds?

I'd rather be fishing.
44 weeks ago
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It was Ishtar that was worshipped in Babylon , not Aphrodite.
She is a completely different goddess with different attributes. For sure Aphrodite was worshipped in Cyprus as it was (and is) a Greek colony.But Cyprus and Babylon are apples and oranges.

Im sorry but this is just sloppy work. And bad sources like Herodotus is not an excuse
42 weeks ago
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Actually the point is that Ishtar and Aphrodite are the same goddess. They're both the prostitute goddess.
42 weeks ago
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As if the term "Biblical feminist" wasn't a boner killer enough, you had go ahead post images of fats chicks,clay and flesh

Thanks a lot. A few more of these articles and Im ready to join a monastery
42 weeks ago
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Thanks for this Susan, It's great to see these topics being seriously considered! I thought it would probably be more useful (to those who are really interested in these topics) to link some things which I've found thought provoking, rather than merely commenting. So here's my list of recommendations:

1. Virginity and Value: When did it suddenly become cool to be promiscuous*?
The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating Part 3: Designer Sex http://goo.gl/AsTgL

2. From Working Moms to Non-Moms:
To Die For – Success: http://goo.gl/k3lLk

3. Girls or boys, who really “wears the pants”
The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating Part 2: Gentlemen’s club http://goo.gl/60AGt

4. How deeply does the cult of goddess feminism impact our understanding of the individual woman?
To Die For – Beauty: http://goo.gl/1nNql

5. Postmodern art*:
Sex and the End of Loneliness: http://goo.gl/la9Z3

6. Conclusion: Pop Culture, Polytheism, and Postmodernism.
The Search for Values: http://goo.gl/Jw2pp

Entire series here: http://goo.gl/waTzb

I'm looking forward to reading more of your thoughts!

*original words weren't allowed by the "comment guidelines"
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't watch the show. So I didn't see that scene pictured above with Lena Dunham in her underwear.

Wow.

It's something no heterosexual male should have to witness.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
My theory is the people that watch these shows want to see other peoploe having sex. Big Love, the L word, Sex in the city to some extent, they are all 45 minutes of tedious dialog, and about 5 minutes of watching sex.

The only difference with porn really, is an attempt at a plot and no closeups of genitalia.

It's been my experience that men I know, including me, avoid these kind of girls at all cost, usually. It's what they settle for if there's no one else available. Especially Lena Dunham. I know of only one guy that went there and his line to her the next morning said it all - "Please don't tell anyone what we did".
43 weeks ago
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"The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger once in her life......."

It wasn't enough that aphrodite was a bitçh-goddess, she had an insecurity complex as well. Here is a goddess who demands of each woman an act of devotion that insures than none would be her equal. Compare to a G_d of Love that allows each woman a piece of sacredness within her, to give at her will and at the time she chooses.......
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
It took some struggle, but years ago I gave up being a fiction writer. The reason was, I just don't give a crap about other people's lives. Especially the lives of people like Lena Dunham's characters.

See that pic of Lena in her ugly underwear? That's what fiction writers are expected to be fascinated by. That's what Lena's fascinated by, evidently. Slobby, depressed young women whoring around and being totally clueless about it.

Why would anyone want to watch such people for entertainment? Why would writers want to create such people and spend hours, days, weeks thinking about them - letting them roam around in their minds?

I'd rather be fishing.
44 weeks ago
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Once early civilization gave up "Earth Mother" religions, the pace of civilizational progress increased dramatically. The male-oriented sky gods religions buttressed more dynamic and effective civilizations.
44 weeks ago
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The problem with the idea of revering the "goddess" is that in order for there to be a true worship or reverence for a goddess you have to revere both aspects - her feminine sexuality and her feminine fertility. Feminists just wanted to unchain her sexuality in the sexual revolution. They ignored her fertility and mother figure aspects as you can see by their insistence on being rabidly pro-choice and anti-mother by their attacks on motherhood as part of the paternal oppressor patriarchy.

So, really it seems to me that all feminists actually want is the perceived freedom of the endless hedonism of their own unchained lusts and they attempt to personify in goddess worship, but it's really a much darker thing than any actual goddess would ever be. There's also very little real reverence in it. That would imply some restraint and discipline in the act. Feminists have none.
44 weeks ago
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I agree. Look at the image many of the "goddess" girls use... the Venus of Willendorf, the fat sculpture that was found in Germany that is pictured at the top of this article. No one actually knows what that little sculpture represents-- if anything-- but it is often revered as The Goddess.

Whatever its original meaning was, it is clearly the image of a PREGNANT woman.

Further, using an image from the low Paleolithic (ie: "cave men" era) is so backward-looking, its use as a "modern" image is preposterous. They want to go back to the "cave man" era? Fine... let them.
43 weeks ago
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Why must you take a TV show of questionable quality and of little value and turn it into a serious view of our society worthy of deep, probing analysis? It's really not necessary. Shows like this do not 'lead', they 'follow' what is going on in society. Mush of the feminism of today is the excess overflow from the '60s, just as affirmative action has become depraved and ill-spent that even the politicians can see the writing on the wall.

Like all ill-considered movements with unintended consequences, feminism will end up eating its children.
44 weeks ago
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"feminism will end up eating its children"

I has been doing so, legally and with enthusiasm, since 1973.

43 weeks ago
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Bother. That should read, "IT has been doing so..."
43 weeks ago
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Perhaps because, like any popular show, it reflects aspects of our society that need examining.
43 weeks ago
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