Who Cursed Eve and Why? Part 1

Menstruation taboos: un-clean, un-well and un-right

Thousands of years of patriarchal propaganda have made women feel un-clean, un-well and un-right about the supremely natural cycle of menstruation and fertility. Menstruation taboos, ignorance and fear still drive women’s feelings and more shockingly, the scant understanding of their own bodily functions.

The blessing from the Goddess — good health and abundant sexuality and fertility has come to be described as “the Curse” Although the patriarchy upheld the concept of sexual abundance; it was twisted to mean that the act was for men’s enjoyment and not women’s.  To do so – one was cast as a heretic or witch.  Education about our bodily health was denied, professionals citing that our own body functioning and fertility was too complex for women to understand.

The menstrual cycle, that which was the symbol of life; woman’s greatest gift was shunned, hidden,  and to this day artificially manipulated.

For many years menstruation was a curse — a profanity imposed upon women through unfathomable religious dictums inspired by, God the Father, Allah or the designated “Big Guy in the Sky”.  These prophecies were interpreted by men in power and imposed upon the women of their culture — usually to the women’s pain and determent, and far too often at the cost of their very lives. A natural function that was glorified by the Goddess became an illness to be vilified via religious doctrine based on primitive tribal taboo. (1)

The Patriarchy — choose any culture, any location, was obsessive with the practice of controlling women’s bodies.  Their preoccupation with our power of procreation, represented by our monthly blood – our menstruation, would have been laughable, if not for the untold numbers of women who were sacraficed to satisfy the very insecure minions of religions based on fear and shame.

Fem-demic fears—taboos and religious doctrines

The oft repeated cliché of religious hiearchies being the last refuge of scoundrels and fools has perhaps been more accurate than many women may realize.  The patriarchal fear of the “sacred challis — the womb of creation” and the cross-culture perpetuation of the subconscious belief that somehow, the “veracious vagina” can lead virtous men astray, has led to restrictions of personal and religious freedom for women since the fall of the Goddess.

Before I started researching the historical and scientific reference data concerning a women’s monthly cycle, I thought the conspiracy theorist were mildly amusing, creative eccentrics.  However, after hundreds of hours of investigative study, my rational, scientific, self is somewhat surprised to find myself in X-Files territory. The truth is out there, and it is heart breaking. Since the fall of the Goddess, women have been, and in most parts of the world, still are, an expendable, renewable resource —  breeding stock, and no more.

The patriarchy has indeed banished the daughters of the Goddess to a long and violent exile.



(1) Sins of the Mother: Putting the Genie back into the Bottle, Page 85

Excerpted with permission:

Goddess of Wonder, Goddess of Light, by Leslie C. Botha and H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik, 2004 Pleiades Publishing, ISBN 0-9716968-1-0


Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.

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