Greetings, respected elder,I feel terrible that there's so much hate in the world, and that it compounds upon itself as cruelty turns to revenge and retaliation. Blacks hating whites, women hating men . . . all at least partially justified, but all feeding the fires of anger and violence.
I have read your request regarding the goddess chant you wrote, and all of the many, many comments it generated. I myself was introduced via Robert Gass and On Wings of Song, and until this day did not know that you were its author. Truly, it is a lovely chant, and I have never heard an attempt to "balance" it that really worked. The chant it about the Goddess, and I don't believe there will ever be masculinized lyrics which will ring with the same truth.
Thank you for creating it.
As a genetic male, one whose understanding of female experience is limited by that fact, I will respect your wishes. It has nothing to do with copyright, and little to do with your hex; rather, I honor the pain you have endured from other males, and will make no effort which will compound it. I now understand that introducing masculine elements into this chant, which you undoubtedly crafted out of love, is to cause such pain. I wish healing for you, and all victims of oppression and violence.
I will discourage people who introduce such masculinity into this chant to stop. In my mind, that includes not only male imagery, but male participants in the chant. I did not understand your vision to keep this chant for women, but now that I do, I shall respect it.
I wholeheartedly support your right to walk a path from which I am excluded. Self-segregation is entirely appropriate; it's only segregation and subjugation by force which must be opposed at all costs. The angry comments all seem to stem from people who either A) want the right to self-segregate or B) believe that all forms of segregation must be abolished. Both factions no doubt feel attacked and maligned. I pray for healing in the Pagan community.
May your personal path to healing face no further stumbling blocks. I am truly sorry that you need to walk a path which is distinctly separate from that of men, but I will respect it.
It's not my place to fight fire with fire, and I certainly don't have the tools to quench this blaze. There really is value in going it alone, and I sincerely hope that Z and her followers find peace, not war, by taking that path.