I think instead of huge Cons, Faires, etc., we Pagans as a diverse bunch should host smaller gatherings – and let those who choose to go – go.
This whole post, is started from these:
The whole point I take from this is – instead of HUGE events, why not smaller ones? Granted they may or may not be as grand, or as news-worthy… But they’d work better, and it gives the person the option to choose which one(s) they attend. Having so many different traditions, and so many different views in one place causes problems. Typically, there’s going to be a dog-fight somewhere.
I am not a feminist. I think men and women are equal by rights of having arms, legs, and to some extent a brain. Showing equality should be the goal in my view – but… Then again, that’s just me. I dare a man to tell me I’m weak, or not worthy – I’ve had enough martial arts training and seasoning from the Military to break your jaw before you finish your sentence. But, if you give me equality, and respect – you’ll get it in return.
But, that’s just me…
I don’t think I’ll go to any major event – people bringing in their old prejudices from former religions (many Pagans are converts, I’ve never been a Christian nor intend to ever be – As if Arta would allow that to happen…) and I think it’s more hurtful, than productive. Saying a transgendered person isn’t this or that is just arrogant in my eyes. Are you in their head? Do you feel what they feel? See what they see?
That ties into bigger issues. Identity. Why can’t you just be you? I’m Anne, and I’m a person who does many things. I’m still Anne. I don’t need the ‘spirit worker’ to identify me. I will be the one who determines that, not a description, or title. Also, I won’t let someone else determine it for me.
I realize that smaller gatherings are unlikely to happen because too many people want to turn a profit. I think that’s unfortunate, and off focus from what the gathering is intended to be about.
Basically, we as Pagans don’t get along well in large settings typically. Too many views, thus means too many sparks next to the kindling. The smaller gatherings could focus, and include/exclude, and make it known that this or that will or won’t go on. You can focus, and learn. You can go to many gatherings, and learn other things. I think in smaller chunks, we can get more nutrition.
So why are we trying to bite off more than we can chew?