Public Scandals, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sexual Abuse, Art and Western religious traditions


I found the article below on researcher Jason Colavito’s web site and thought it may be valuable to those who may question the actions Marion Zimmer Bradley has not only been accused of, but also the actions she failed to take a definitive stance against publically in her deposition about her husbands conviction for the identical charges. 
 
I made the following comment on Jason’s site regarding this article: “Given the updated revelations about sexual abuse and child rape in the Marion Zimmer Bradley family this just illustrates part of the problem. From my perspective, several associated discourses are implicated, along with the apparent abuse of religious ideologies in the name of art and anti intellectualism that some could be tempted to pass off as a literary device, while failing to recognize the nuances of literal belief in the spiritual and the discipline of history itself. At the moment, to even describe it as such, I wonder if it provides ‘art’ with more dignity than it deserves both intellectually, historically, spiritually and religiously.” 
 
I edited this bit for clarity because it triggered me at the time I posted the original. I don’t know Moira or Mark Greyland and I certainly don’t want to accuse or badger them for any reason. However, I am sure that they and many others are aware of how their history may one day be interpreted due to the implications of the details of their lives and metaphysically, how it may look from an outsiders point of view. For yet another interpretation of public scandals involving high profile individuals working within pop culture and stereotyped industry, Corey Feldman and his peer Corey Haim also have a history of sexual abuse that Feldman indicated may deal with themes and issues within the Western religious tradition.
 
As a sexual abuse and rape survivor myself, who has also been close enough to the living subject of a published conspiracy theory that he was a regular guest in the home for at least ten years and who was a family friend for far longer, as the daughter of a father who was convicted on charges of trafficking that were on national news when I was 6 or 7 and as the niece of a professional journalist who was a foreign correspondent for one of these same national news agencies at the time of my father’s arrest, I recognize how valuable the position of the observer is and how important it is to record and detail facts when confront distressing emotional events that enter into the public realm. The deeper irony for me, is that this same uncle, was himself also a victim of one of my two molesters – his father and my grandfather.
 
For me, and possibly for any abuse survivor, there is often a right way and a wrong way to approach the past and to tell a story. Additionally, if memories surface that were not connected as related events and a connection is made the stage is set for trauma.
 
Meanwhile, for those on the outside looking in, I would ask not only for my own sake, but out of respect for any abuse survivor to remember the value of minding your own spiritual and religious business. From a metaphysical, spiritual or religious angle, any attempt to decenter a subject of historical fact that is defined by memory for an abuse survivor by any means is threatening. I do not doubt that there are those who may wish to send ‘healing’ energy to others and who may utilize and come from a number of spiritual and religious backgrounds. On behalf of all sexual abuse survivors: think twice before engaging in such activity. Prayer is one thing. Active forms of spiritual intervention that are unsought or not verbally asked for by those who are affected may be horribly inappropriate for any number of reasons.
 
That said, consider the circular logic on the topic of sex and religion in the Western tradition from author and researcher Jason Colavito reproduced below. A link to the original post is under the authors name at the bottom.  
 

Caution: This post contains sexually suggestive early twentieth century imagery.

Recently, I’ve discussed the way pagan beliefs were given a Satanic cast by Christians, who turned pagan worship ceremonies into Black Masses full of sodomy and blasphemy. In 1862, Jules Michelet tried to paint a more sympathetic (if inaccurate) portrait of medieval witches by describing their faith as a pagan-influenced feminist rebellion against Catholic patriarchy. His book, La Sorcière, is known in English as Satanism and Witchcraft, and of course the weird art used to illustrate the 1911 printing of the book is something to behold.

If you thought the images of women kissing Satan’s or a goat’s buttocks were bad, this little number puts them to shame. Behold the Black Mass as drawn by Martin van Maele, a French illustrator famed for his erotic art.
Black Mass
 

And a few more from the same volume:

Black Mass
 
Suckling a Demon
 
This certainly says something about the tangled relationship between sex and religion in the early twentieth century. It also shows how little respect Michelet’s sympathetic vision of a woman-centered religious tradition actually received. These illustrations are not exactly empowering women.” – Jason Colavito.com
 
More insights from Jason Colavito on this topic can be found here. Personally, I agree with him and don’t have to be a sexual abuse survivor to know the literary connection either.
 
 

More commentary on Marion Zimmer Bradley and Sexual Abuse


I have revisited the web about this story and turned up

Below are a few links to additional commentary from around the web.

About ten years ago, my step mother burned a number of her fantasy books feeling they were unchristian and no longer in line with her religious views. I also backed away deeply suspicious of some previous religious (and admittedly pagan views.) My step mother was not the only one who dropped some previous sources of comfort and inspiration cold turkey and walked away refusing to speak about some matters any further. End of Story.

Seeing Coleen Duran’s post brings this up again.

Past Horrors


I am recalling past horrors. Not in the actual sense of physical abuse but in awareness of the magnitude of errors in judgment made intentionally and unintentionally by those whom I have known and loved and by a few whom I either resist the urge to hate or find so disgusting that walking away and vowing to never speak to them again is the only option. May karma preserve me from further contact with such malicious souls no matter how badly they think they need to clean up the hell they created and maintained and built on the bones of my life, my mind and my spiritual soul in the name of some twisted interpretation of logic of some sort.

There is nothing more sick to witness than self congratulations given for the wrong and most inappropriate reasons. Period.

I love this song


RIP Lauren Bacall


Classic. Pure Classic Womanhood.

 

Moment of Silence


Thank You Robin

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

Don’t wait. If you love someone. Say so.

 

Silence and what may be an unjustified abuse of the idea of Health, Wellness and Patient Centered Care


It is my understanding that part of what ObamaCare is intended to accomplish DUE TO THE FACT that PRIVATE INDUSTRY has not already done so or created an alternative, is to create a national database of health information.

At the moment, no such system exists. I will accept the need and value of this RUMOR when I see evidence that Health Care and Health Care Administration HAS DONE IT”S JOB.

And NOT before.

Since when is the X-Files a model for Health Care Administration?

Peace Corp Application Update


“Ashley

Thank you for completing your application to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Your next step is to tell us what you would like to do in the Peace Corps. You are welcome to apply for any country of service where we can support your medical needs, and based on your Health History Form, you may choose from the list of countries below”:

  • Albania,
  • Armenia,
  • Belize,
  • Benin,
  • Botswana,
  • Burkina Faso,
  • Cambodia,
  • Cameroon,
  • China,
  • Colombia,
  • Costa Rica,
  • Dominican Republic,
  • Eastern Caribbean,
  • Ecuador,
  • El Salvador,
  • Fiji,
  • FSM-Palau,
  • Ghana,
  • Guatemala,
  • Guinea,
  • Guyana,
  • Jamaica,
  • Jordan,
  • Kosovo,
  • Liberia,
  • Macedonia,
  • Madagascar,
  • Malawi,
  • Mexico,
  • Moldova,
  • Mongolia,
  • Morocco,
  • Mozambique,
  • Nicaragua,
  • Panama,
  • Paraguay,
  • Peru,
  • Philippines,
  • Rwanda,
  • Samoa,
  • Senegal,
  • South Africa,
  • Swaziland,
  • Thailand,
  • Togo,
  • Tonga,
  • Uganda,
  • Vanuatu,
  • Zambia

This is a pretty diverse list. To be honest, I chose Asian countries as my first choice due to wellness tourism. However, South America and the Caribbean are also a hub for eco tourism and I do have some limited Spanish ability though I don’t know how to use it! Eastern Europe has always fascinated me, especially anything that gets close or into old Ottoman territory. That may be due to the fact that my step grandmother who is a retired Methodist minister had an associate who was a Russian Orthodox priest or at least Eastern Orthodox as I recall. He was active in the area of Georgia many years ago and gave me an Eastern blessing. It reminded me of how Wiccans do things in hindsight years later. The central drama of religion under communism played out in his life when he was shot by the KGB and left for dead. He woke up, wounded and got away. At any rate, I need to go where I can use my degree first and foremost. I would love to be in the Pacific region but I am sure those are plum assignments. The idea of Morocco appeals but that may be because I have seen Casablanca and The English Patient one too many times! Macedonia appeals to the part of me that loves all things Greek and Roman. Asia for similar reasons. Will wait and see what develops. Africa however is out across the board and I am cautious about some areas of Central Asia at the moment as well as the Balkans but would consider Albania and Armenia if it came down to it.

ESalon is AWESOME


I just found a new site for Hair Color called ESalon and I think it’s amazing!

For 25.00 or under, they custom blend your chosen hair color and that includes shipping price.

What ESalon has done, is to provide professional coloring products and professional colorist advice and support into a home delivery format which is simple but genius to tap this market. They will automatically ship your chosen color as often as you like. I just signed up for this and hope to try them out in the next month or two. Currently, they are running a special for 50% off your first purchase and including shipping the current special runs for $14.95.

Here are two positive first hand reviews of their products and services:

Of course, salon colorists are not pleased, but there is no substitute for the personal touch that a true salon colorist provides. That said, if you need to save a buck or two, Esalon may be the route to go. I am certainly going to try them out!

 

 

The Book of Life


This looks so cute! I would love to see this one.

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