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March 23rd, 2010

Women and Thelema

For anyone in or interested in O.T.O. or Thelema, there is a vitally important conversation beginning to happen. How do we acknowledge, deal with, and move beyond the fact that Aleister Crowley was unapologetically racist and sexist?

Crowley was a genius, a prophet, a brilliant and prolific writer - and a flaming misogynistic asshole. Most Thelemites I know do admit this, yet in the Order there is a widespread refusal to look critically at the problematic aspects of his work. The philosophy of Thelema is a precious and vital thing that needs to grow beyond Crowley if it and/or O.T.O. is to have relevance to the modern world.

Below are the recent posts on the topic. Good, if sometimes painful, discussion happening here. Please read and add your own thoughts, there or here.

matertiamat: The Brotherhood of Man
brandywilliams: They also promulgate who call a spade a spade
brandywilliams: Women's experiences in Thelema

Here are some of my thoughts on what I would like to see happen next (also posted as a comment to Brandy's second post). What next?Collapse )

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