The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

By Sue Monk Kidd

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter


The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

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The acclaimed spiritual memoir given by The Secret Life of Bees author. I was amazed to find that I had no idea how my spiritual life would unfold in a feminine way. I was surprised and actually a little terrified when I found myself in the midst of a feminist spiritual revival. Sue Monk was... a "conventionally religious, church-going woman, a traditional wife and mother" with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began questioning her role as a woman in her culture, her family and her church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and rituals in Crete's caves, Kidd takes readers through her awakening's fear, anger, healing and transformation. Retaining a meaningful connection "with the deep song of Christianity," she opens the door to traditional Christian women to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom to all those struggling to embrace their full humanity.



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The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine

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When a woman starts to disentangle herself from patriarchy, ultimately she is abandoned to her own self.

The question occurred to me: Well, if that's so, if the Divine is ultimately formless and genderless, what's the big deal? Why all this bother?
The bother is because we have no other way of speaking about the Absolute. We need forms and images. Without them we have no way of relating to the Divine. Symbol and image create a universal spiritual language. It's the language the soul understands.

The second thing I wrote down that day was that exclusive male imagery of the Divine not only instilled an imbalance within human consciousness, it legitimized patriarchal power in the culture at large. Here alone is enough reason to recover the Divine Feminine, for there is a real and undeniable connection between the repression of the feminine in our deity and the repression of women.

The core symbols we use for God represent what we take to be the highest good....These symbols or images shape our worldview, our ethical system, and our social practice--how we relate to one another.
For instance, [Elizabeth A.] Johnson suggests that if a religion speaks about God as warrior, using militaristic language such as how "he crushes his enemies" and summoning people to become soldiers in God's army, then the people tend to become militaristic and aggressive.
Likewise, if the
symbol of God is that of a male king (without any balancing feminine imagery), we become a culture that values and enthrones men and masculinity.

Elizabeth A. Johnson explains that including divine female symbols and images not only challenges the dominance of male images but also calls into question the structure of patriarchy itself.

The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed...The story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning.
As I told my stories of fear, awakening, struggle, and transformation and had them received, heard, and validated by other women, I found healing.
I also needed to hear other women's stories in order to see and embrace my own. Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own. Her questions rouse mine. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resolutions call forth my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our stories and our lives are very different.

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