The Goddess’ Nips

 

“So here’s my question to all you pagans. What does a goddess look like? Does a goddess have porn star tits, of back breaking proportions and gravity defying magic? Or does a goddess look like a real woman?” – ”Goddess Breasts”

“The moral of the research at this stage seem to be, if you want to be in a natural state, you need to be in a natural state. The more artificial your habitat is, the more you will suffer if you don’t protect breasts and feet from the consequences…..The more you can match your shoes to the needs of your breasts, the better this is going to work, though.”–“Bare breasts, bare feet”

“I realise that I have been socialised to consider the unfettered breast a sign of loose sexual morals and availability. The idea that, anyone realising I had no bra would conclude that I am a slut and open to any and all sexual advances, was not a comfortable one. I have yet to go out in public without a bra, and this is a big part of why. I simply do not want the assumptions that could go with it.”

–”The Unfettered Breast” Nimue Brown

from  Druid Life https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2012/

Ms. Meow Meow’s #nobraday pic

“I don’t remember just when it was that I stumbled upon the fact that began to unravel the puzzle, the fact that the permanent human female breast is not a biological necessity, is in fact an anomaly. In every other primate species, the females develop breasts while nursing, then become flatchested again afterward. So here an anthropological concept applies: a human trait that is not dictated by biology has been created or shaped by cultural forces. In other words, the permanent female breast is the result of learned behavior and serves a social purpose. What could that be? Puzzling over that, I was finally jolted by what by hindsight should have been obvious: when a human male observes a human female from a distance, the first fact he can observe about her is whether she has developed breasts. If she has, then she is old enough to have sexual intercourse. The permanent breast is a signal, a communication of information essential for human survival. Evolutionary pressure created it.”

“Why are men so interested in women’s breasts?” By Aiden Kelly

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/aidankelly/2014/02/why-are-men-so-interested-in-womens-breasts/ Nobody online seems to know exactly who started #NoBraDay.  Supposedly it was started to promote breast cancer awareness, but I agree with the critics on this one: it’s not doing much to further the cause.  Having pictures of male and female celebrities getting mammograms plastered all over the place would do more good.  How about #freemammogramday?  I think the people who started #NoBraDay really started it because they wanted to go without undergarments, but they were too afraid to try to launch that campaign on their own, so they attached themselves to the breast cancer awareness cause, just like everyone else in the world.  Breast Cancer Awareness is big business.

I celebrate #NoBraDay because most of the time, especially at home, I don’t wear a bra.  I was raised by crazed dirty hippies, so bras weren’t really a priority unless you were going out into polite society.  Sometimes I do wear a bra or a corset (I have a thing for pretty lingerie), but a lot of the time I just go with nothing–bra or panties.  It’s nice to feel free sometimes.  I see it more as a First Amendment/Free Speech issue.  Society shouldn’t tell you how to dress.  ”And ye shall be free from slavery,” says the “Charge of the Goddess”.  If, as Pagans, we take this to be true, then we are free to wear what undergarments (or not) as we choose.

Dumuzi sang:
         “O Lady, your breast is your field.
Inanna, your breast is your field.
Your broad field pours out the plants.
Your broad field pours out grain.
Water flows from on high for your servant.
Bread flows from on high for your servant.
Pour it out for me, Inanna.
I will drink all you offer.”

The Courtship of Inanna and  Dumuzi  http://jewishchristianlit.com/Texts/ANEmrg/Inanna&Dumuzi.html

The Goddess (whatever name you call her) has breasts and nipples.  Some gods have heavy swinging breasts too.  Female and male humans both have breasts and nipples.  Those are simple statements.  But in Western society, as Pagans in Western society, we have become afraid of female breasts and nipples.  This stems from a deep-rooted patriarchy that is inherently afraid of anything that may elicit a sexual response.  Humans can’t control what causes sexual arousal in themselves, and this lack of control can be scary and is some times embarrassing.  So, we do our best to cover those things up.  However, I, like many people, can get aroused at seeing a man without his shirt on.  This man can walk around legally without his shirt on, but I, as a woman, cannot.  Double standard.

The Goddess, in her many infinite forms, is often depicted with either youthful pert breasts, ripe for the suckling, or large pendulous breasts, ready to smack you in the face.  Conversely, the God, in his many infinite forms, is often depicted with a magnificent bare chest.

These representations of Deity are as it should be.  However, “The Charge of the Goddess” also says, “as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites.”  A lot of Pagan groups take this and run with it, holding skyclad rituals that make many families cringe.  This is unfortunate.  While no one should be made to feel uncomfortable in ritual,  and all parents have the right to raise their children as they see fit, always holding clothed rituals does seem to go against the grain of the one piece of liturgy that most Wiccan groups revere some version of.  Some of these groups, though, have edited out the part about holding naked rites, perhaps in an effort to seem legitimate among the sea of naked worshipers.  Holding topless rites is a perfect compromise.  While many parents, understandably, are not comfortable with full nudity around their children (and the law in most areas is firmly against it for obvious reasons), some parents, surprisingly, would probably be comfortable with a top-optional ritual, especially if the laws in their area supported topless women.  Despite the religious sexual overtones that imbue Wicca, most groups enact Hieros Gamos via a chalice and an athame.  Therefore, the topless men and women are not partially dressed to purposely invoke sexual feelings within the group.  That’s one of the caveats that is attached to many pro-topless laws.

As the year progresses towards Yule, I’ll be interviewing Pagan leaders and state legislators in my state of North Carolina about their views on women going topless, North Carolina’s topless laws, and the possibility and implications of top-optional rituals.

I enjoy feeling the sunshine on my naked skin and the wind whispering my skin to goosebumps.  There’s nothing like lounging by the water in summer with nothing on.  If you’ve not experienced outdoor nudity yet, please do so, at least once, during the next year.  Once you experience it, you’ll never want to frolic outdoors fully clothed again.

Listen to my podcast episode where I discuss legal toplessness for women while topless!  http://bit.ly/1GexPG1

 

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Cover My Body in the Bonnie Blue Flag

This post is part of the annual Pagan Values Blogject: https://paganvalues.wordpress.com/

Because of the delicate nature of this post, I’m taking off my shit-kicker boots and putting on my pointe shoes.

I am a Caucasian female who has lived in the South all of my life.  I grew up in a town in South Carolina who granted a parade permit to the Ku Klux Klan every year.  I really thought nothing of them.  When I did think of the KKK, we thought they were sad, funny, and pathetic.  I grew up around people who flew the Confederate battle flag.  Some of them were racists, some of them were not, a few of them were African-American.  When I was a small child, my tree house was built next to a forgotten slave cemetery in the woods.  The graves were sunken and over grown, and the tombstones that remained were plain field rocks.  Nobody really gave it any thought.  Both of my maternal grandmother’s grandfathers fought for the Confederacy.  She grew up sitting on their laps listening to them telling stories about their war days.  Neither one personally owned slaves.  At one time her mother’s family had own several slaves, but not at the time of the Civil War.  On my paternal grandparents’ side, there are ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War and who were on both sides of the western Virginia succession debate.  I was living in SC during the 2000 debate about whether or not to remove the Confederate flag from on top of the state house.  I was among those citizens who conceded that perhaps atop the state house may not be appropriate and could offend people, but that at an appropriate memorial on the state house grounds was fine.

Now, there is a push to erase this flag from everyone’s memory.

Erasing history is always a dangerous move.  However, judging history in hindsight based on modern values is just as dangerous.  Although I am a states’ rights advocate, I’m not going to twirl into that debate regarding the Civil War.  I am, however, going to dance into the debate about the First Amendment, since that’s another great love of mine.  It is true that to some people the Confederate battle flag represents hate, hate that they feel towards other people and hate that they feel from other people.  It is true that to some people, the Confederate battle flag simply represents a chapter of America’s past.  However, the Confederate battle flag is quickly becoming a symbol of free speech, which is probably not what the opponents of the flag want to have happen.  The problem is that very few people are breathing deeply and trying to find a compromise.  I have read and listened to many people, a majority of which are Pagans, rant and rail against the battle flag.  A great many think it should be banned out right.  That’s an extremely unsafe solution.  If you start banning symbols, then before you know it symbols that you love and hold dear could become banned.  How many Christians have wanted pentagrams banned?  What about the swastika?  It’s a solar symbol held dear by Hindus, Pagans, and Catholics (St. Brigid’s Cross).  You may say, “apples and oranges, Sparrow”, but it’s really not.  They’re all just designs that we as humans have given meaning.  If the energy that’s being put into the flag debate was put into solving the inequalities between races and socio-economic classes in America, then things would be much nicer and a lot of the hate speech would disappear.  Some people will always hate.  Some people will never be able to let go of the past.  But things would be better.

Before you proceed, you need to browse this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

The Confederate battle flag is probably not the most appropriate flag to fly at municipal locations.  However, if it’s not appropriate to fly it at a Confederate War Memorial, then where is it appropriate.  And no, you cannot answer, “No where.”  There will be no revisionist history here.  Remember, the Nazis were revisionists.  Yes, I know that was a rich statement, but it’s true.  When you start banning emblems, you become just like a Nazi.

Personally, I think the Bonnie Blue Flag is a good compromise.  There is no way to make everybody happy.  It makes me sad and sick to my stomach that there is no way to make everybody happy in this situation, but there’s just not.  And, despite what the media and blowhards would like you to believe, there is really no right or wrong answer here.  The only really wrong answer here is to ignore the First Amendment and to ignore both sides of this issue.  Pagans, you should be worried about this.  It’s a slippery slope.  You ban one thing and there’s a precedent set to ban all kinds of things.  Look at France with the head veil.

 

The Bonnie Blue Flag can still be seen in many of the state flags today.  It stands for being brave and taking a stand.  It stands for breaking away from the pack and doing something different.  It stands for saying, “Fuck you!” to the governing body that is oppressing you.  It stands for rebellion against the status quo in hopes of a more free future society.  The best compromise is flying the Bonnie Blue Flag.  A great number of the Confederacy’s ideologies can be argued to be completely morally wrong, but the members of the secessionists’ convention took at stand for what they believed in.  Slavery is always wrong and shouldn’t be glorified, but using your energy to battle for long dead slaves when presently living slaves desperately need your help is also wrong and a huge waste.  Pagans don’t have sins, but there are certain expectations that our deities charge us with.  One of those is being good stewards of our time, talents, energies, and emotions.  If you want to stop buying something, stop buying foreign tuna.  Do you know how many Thai men and boys and other foreign nationals die aboard fishing slave ships?  You think I’m kidding, but look it up.

Bree, where’s the titty tassels for your pole dance? I wanna see a money shot, bitch!

 

At least take off your bra and splash water on your chest! Those nipples would create a more lasting image than you simply in hand cuffs!

 

Hey Nikki, take your top off! If you really want to drum up support over the flag issue, make some pin-up pictures of you wrapped in the SC state flag!

The thing to remember when looking back at America’s history of slavery is that no nationality or religion at that time was innocent.  Some Caucasians owned slaves.  Some free African-Americans owned slaves. Some Jews owned slaves.  Some Native Americans owned Native American and African slaves.  In Africa, Arab Muslims owned and traded in slaves.  African Muslims owned and traded in slaves.  African Pagans owned and traded in slaves.  Nobody’s innocent so nobody should be casting stones, burning flags, or pointing fingers.  Everybody’s ancestors are guilty to one degree or another.  Compromise is what needs to occur. Fly the Bonnie Blue Flag and the American Flag if you feel compelled to fly flags.

William Ellison

Judah P. Benjamin

Don’t forget to give thanks to Lady Liberty this Independence Day for allowing the US to have the freedom to debate issues like the Confederate Battle Flag.  Also remember to give proper thanks for her help in the SCOUS decision about gay marriage.

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