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Think twice about marrying a police officer

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Men not empathic partners

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"Hi!" as assertion of dominance

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm

TNT666, I am surprised I am writing this, however, I agree with you. Life is so much happier, for me, when I don't live with a man living  in the house. I love men and want them in my life but not as a house partner. Just too many things about men drive me crazy.

A tour of Ireland with a group of feminists with Padregin McGillicuddy as our guide revealed some interesting things about pre-Christian Ireland that you may enjoy reading. Reading this script of one of her radio shows makes me feel like Pady is right beside me telling me this story in person. 

The Pat' Ri-Arch Revealed: A Feminist View of St. Patrick
by Padraigin McGillicuddy


"Under the Brehon Laws, marriage was a wonderfully flexible institution. Not a hint of the sacrosanct, it was a contract only, and the laws were quite specific on who could enter into such a contract. Excluded were men who were barren, impotent, property-less, very fat (being too obese to do IT) and indiscreet men who babbled the secrets of the woman's bed. Now you know women had a hand in devising that list! Very similar to one I'd propose in the wisdom of my forty years.

"The fundamental concept was that fluctuations occurred in sexual affections (nothing novel there), but rather than make them illegal or pretend they didn't happen, it was better to legislate for them (and there's where their sensibleness outshines us).

"Therefore they compiled no less than ten different contracts for marriage for:
- unions of equal rank
- women supported by the man
- men supported by women
- a concubine or "loved one" as the Gaelic would have it
- women and men keeping company, but not living together permanently and neither wholly supporting the other
- the abducted woman (she and her child had legal rights)
- the wandering soldier and his spouse
- forced or deceitful unions
- union between the insane"

Padraigin McGillicuddy on her celtic music show on radio station KPFA in northern California in the 1980s.



"verb kidnapseizecarry offrun off withrun away with,make off withsnatch (slang) She was charged with abducting a six-month-old child.

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002"

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 11, 2013 at 6:39pm

*swoon* I love Xena!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2013 at 6:31pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 6:33pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 15, 2013 at 12:44am

[A topless woman, confidently "STILL NOT ASKING FOR IT"]

(from a Facebook album by Secular Life Coach -- no Facebook account needed to browse it)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 6:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2013 at 4:42pm

Comment by Fatma Kurt on February 16, 2013 at 3:41am

I just cannot stop thinking how different the world and the myths and the concept of civilization would turn out if the Minoans hadn't been raided by the Mycenaeans.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 9, 2013 at 5:19pm

Comment by TNT666 on December 25, 2012 at 2:52pm

And those numbers aren't changing, no matter how many anti-violence campaigns we're doing. Trouble is, our anti-violence campaigns to not have any psychological zing, none of the campaigns tell women that the males most dangerous to us are the ones we love. Bloody good argument for my chosen lifestyle of bachelorhood and childfree. It has been my informal conclusion while watching adults 4 decades that couples behave in the stupidest ways. I've come to the opinion that it's our genetic makeup that causes this. As a fundamentally hunter-gatherer species (agriculture is still too recent to have significantly modified H.sapiens), males are not supposed to live as couples with females. This kind of stuck together pairing off for life thing is a modern phenomenon in H. sapiens and the unchanging numbers through decades of anti-violence campaigning should inform women not to pair up as the Church tells them to. Exclusive/shacked-up/pairing-up is nothing more than a religious convention and his not historically found to be a H.sapiens custom, various apes would be a better model for us than spiritual guidance. Women at large would be happier going it solo (but not chaste!)


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