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[Location] Portland, Maine
[Tools] 0.3-0.9 mechanical pencils, 0.2 inking pen, copic markers, watercolor, calligraphy ink, Photoshop
[Favorite Quote] "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." Salvador Dali

My pronouns are ey/em or they/them thank you

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Flying-Glove Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Traditional Artist
Hey! You told me to keep you updated on my Gender Studies class, and yesterday we read some poems by St. John of the Cross that I think might really interest you.

Basically we had been talking about women who were religious mystics and how they were seen as suspect by the Church authorities because they had a direct connection with God that bypassed the authority of male authority figures. A lot of these women's accounts of their religious experiences and visions were very much described in a sexual manner- being filled with love, overcome with sensation, etc.  After having  this discussion, our professor passed out these poems to us that were written from the point of view of a femininely-gendered speaker describing her mystical union with God her lover. The professor asked us to guess which mystic saint had written this- we guessed St. Teresa, St. Catherine of Siena, but it was St. John of the Cross.

She then asked us why we thought St. John would refer to himself in the feminine throughout. My guess was (and the teacher liked this idea) that for someone whose goal was to transcend the world of the physical and become purely spiritual, something like gender, which is a human quality and not a spiritual one, is no longer a fixed thing or even an important one.

Just some interesting musings on gender and enlightenment. :D
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Matt34564 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav !
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MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you for the fav !
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Anna655 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave :D
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ClariceJM Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama!
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