IN response to Deliberately Barren’s recent post on Roseanne Barr – generally speaking a very cool site that is scratching my itch regarding women, what and why?!?
That’s pretty cool! Roseanne Barr gets 2 Swords of Awesome on my rather tough scale of services to women warriors everywhere.
I enjoyed reading her capsule version of the appropriation of religion and the female. A book I loved back in the Women’s Press days was ‘The Wild Girl’ (or the Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalen) by Michele Roberts – published by Methuen.
You raise an interesting issue. What is barren? Can you have had and lost or relinquished children to be barren? What does society hate most – barren women or bad mothers? By bad, I mean as mildly offensive as outspoken, angry, non child-centred, professional or passionate women.
I’m too daunted to tackle the really bad mothers issue – women who kill! although abortion is considered part of that spectrum disorder.
A couple of years ago, I was planning to start a ‘bad mother’ blog but discovered that assorted pornographic sites had appropriated the idea.
Back on topic, I see barrenness, like feminism, as the willingness to witness. To not be a slave to biology and gender, to speak out and not apologize.