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Wife Material/Misbehavior to Freedom & Magic/Mystery of Arthurian Myth

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Karen Tate

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At the top of the hour Deborah Cox discusses "Wife Material - Misbehavior to Freedom", a novel based on her own childnood in the Church of Christ.  We'll discuss the lives of women, how feminity was approached or achnowledged within the Church, how patriarchy affected women's lives and how the doctrine affected her personally.  Deborah will talk about "acts of disobedience" as those of personal developoment for women struggling under the yoke of patriarchy and she'll give us an inside look at what it's like to be a woman who escaped the sect of the Church of Christ through refusal to obey and conform.  Deborah is a psychologist, writer and artist who treats trauma survivors, particularly those who have experienced religious abuse. We'll be sure to discuss how fundamental religion creates this idealized form of women that excludes sex while getting girls dressed and made up like beauty pageant contestants, putting pressure on girls to be "good and worthy" without ever asking what they really want.  Obviously the Stepford Wife comes to mind and we'll discuss the men who seem to want obedient slave-like beauty queens to raise their children and ignore their failures rather than equal partners, not even in the bedroom.  Tune in.

In the second half of the show, Evans Lansing Smith is with us to discuss, Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth by Joseph Campbell, which Lans edited.  The book we'll discuss is part of the series, The Campbell Collection, and we'll discuss the beloved mythologist, Joseph Campbell, his work, and delve into Wasteland Mythology, if Campbell drew any relationship between Goddess worship and the Arthurian legend, and other themes in the book that will be of interest to those interested in Goddess spirituality and feminist critiques of religion, including anthropomorphizing, pro and con.