Champions of feminine energy

Burning at the StakeQuite some time has passed since I last thoroughly read CityBeat. Previously I'd read coverage of a racially sensitive issue that left a bad taste in my mouth, and thereafter

Burning at the Stake
Quite some time has passed since I last thoroughly read CityBeat. Previously I'd read coverage of a racially sensitive issue that left a bad taste in my mouth, and thereafter my attention to CityBeat languished for some time. Thus I was pleasantly surprised when an acquaintance forwarded an article — cover article no less! — on the Feminine Leader-ship Academy by Stephanie Dunlap ("Feminine Whiles," issue of July 7-13).

The article tackles more than just a local entrepreneurial program by attempting to address a more nebulous idea or philosophy about the feminine energy in the current Cincinnati scene. I found it quite well written as well as successful in capturing some of the more subtle elements that are inherent in Mary Pierce Brosmer's pioneer efforts at community (and character) building.

Throughout the ages, there are champions of feminine energy and then there are those who will do anything to repress, suppress or downright annihilate the feminine. One would think by the 21st Century some progress would have been made to comprehend that aggressive force can never extinguish passivity or similar strengths of the feminine.

This quote from the article probably explains why such efforts are made: "There is no one for whom connection and deep listening aren't useful, except those either afraid of them or who have benefited from more traditional ways of doing things." I perceive many frightened people in the U.S. today who can't respect a differing opinion.

I think the article gave others a glimpse of what Women Writing for (a) Change constructs do for many — giving them a portal into feminine energy. Were this a prior century, Dunlap, Brosmer and perhaps many of the latter's compatriots would literally be burned at the stake. I wouldn't be surprised if this doesn't occur figuratively but, should it not, progress is underway in Cincinnati, Ohio.

— Erin Queenan, Cincinnati


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