I’ve made a conscience effort to truly contemplate and study story of women this month since it is nationally recognized as Women’s History Month. I expanded my studies beyond just recent feminist history, which in my opinion is a definite highlight of our history to this point, to include our history since start of written record.
However, this was not as easy as it would seem since vast majority of surviving records are his-story and are very short on details of her-story. In an attempt to keep women “in their place,” those who have followed Judeo-Christian religions destroyed most records of significance of women in early history. This is clearly seen in Bible when numerous times Jews are told to “completely destroy nations” who worshiped these other gods, of which many were actually goddesses.
It’s significant, I think, that at one point in history females shared title of divinity with males – and at times reigned as sole divinity. This part of our history shows woman in all her glory, not as fallen creature of Bible who must forever submit to a subservient position to man because she supposedly ate a forbidden fruit and coerced him to do same.
It’s time truth was known. Not presupposed “truth” garnered from what we have always been told is reality. That reality is severely lacking in other half of story. We see reality as we have always been taught to see it. If someone teaches me from young that a certain color is blue, and subsequently others then reinforce that teaching in my family, community, church, government, school, etc. – then I will believe color is actually blue.
But what if they are all wrong? What if blue is really yellow but no one wants to challenge errant teaching because one who said it was blue in first place claimed to be speaking on behalf of God? In end though, just because everyone believes this color to blue does not make it indeed blue. In fact, it is still yellow.
That is exactly what has happened in feminine history. Only this teaching has gone so long without being challenged, for fear of being ostracized or even at times killed, that it is now accepted as truth. In process real truth has been lost.