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Arachne’s Voice: Race, Gender and the Goddess

Maya, K; (2019) Arachne’s Voice: Race, Gender and the Goddess. Feminist Theology , 28 (1) pp. 52-65. 10.1177/0966735019859469. Green open access

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This article considers the issue of racial difference in the Goddess movement, using the mythological figure of Arachne, a skilful weaver whom the goddess Athena transformed into a spider, to explore the unequal relational dynamics between white Goddess feminists and women of colour. Bringing Goddess spirituality and thealogical metaphors of webs and weaving into dialogue with postcolonial and black feminist perspectives on the politics of voice, marginality and representation, the article points to some of the ways in which colonial narratives weave through Goddess feminism, including practices of silencing and the romanticization of racial difference. Ultimately, I argue that feminist spirituality must recognize and address structural inequality between white women and women of colour, or in other words, listen to Arachne’s voice.

Type: Article
Title: Arachne’s Voice: Race, Gender and the Goddess
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0966735019859469
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0966735019859469
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Goddess movement, thealogy, racism, black feminism, women of colour, feminist spirituality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111847
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