Charlottetown – In recent months, the University of Prince Edward Island, part of which was formerly the Roman Catholic St. Dunstan’s University, has been the setting for several feminist-engendered events and personalities.
In May, June Callwood co-founder of CARAL (Canadian Abortion Rights Action League) was the Convocation Speaker and received an honorary degree. A few days later Doris Anderson, founder of NAC (National Action Committee on the Status of Women) and inveterate campaigner for abortion, became University Chancellor.
Shortly afterwards, Glenda Simms, national chairman of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, arrived for the annual meeting of the Learned Societies in Charlottetown this year.
This was just at the time when REAL Women held a press conference to expose Justice Minister Kim Campbell’s abuse of her position. Dr. Simms gave a public lecture and stayed on for a CBC radio phone-in.
In honeyed phrases, she mocked REAL Women’s statements and promoted the “eminently reasonable” feminist agenda. The mask slipped only in the closing seconds of the radio show when she verbally whipped a young male caller and closed out the program with scornful laughter.
A few days later, the Lifestyles page of a local paper carried Simms’ views on several issues, side by side with a thorough REAL Women rebuttal of each point.
It appeared on the eve of the annual Women’s Festival, at which the keynote presentation, “Women’s Spirituality, Sexuality, and Healing Journeys,” was given by Dr. Jeri Wine of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
“Her academic and activist work has focused on feminist therapy, lesbian experience and visibility, violence against women, and Canadian feminist activism,” says a brochure of Jeri Wine.
Wine is a lesbian who also describes herself as a feminist therapist working primarily with women survivors of sexual abuse.
This is of special interest since a much-touted “healing centre for women survivors of sexual abuse,” to be “based on feminist theory and practices,” is about to be established here in Halifax.
Non-feminists who attended the Women’s Festival claim that Dr. Wine’s presentation and workshop were “explicitly spiritual and at the same time explicitly sexual.” The spiritual elements included a “grounding and centering exercise” adapted from the Spiral Dance of self-professed witch Starhawk of Matthew Fox fame. Another exercise instructed participants to “look deep into the eyes of the woman beside you, really see her essence.” They were then told, “You have just seen the goddess, and so has she.”
They were then advised to carry with them the constant awareness of the goodness within themselves.
It was made clear that one goal in this kind of spiritual exercise is to obtain and experience increased strength and power (political as well as personal) through connecting with each other, with the goodness within, with the earth and with other forces.
The session was also explicitly sexual. Dr. Wine openly promoted her own sexuality as a lesbian, and encouraged masturbation and lovemaking among women as natural expressions of women’s sexuality.
She also gave an inkling of the treatment to be expected at the SAS-Halifax healing centre. Speaking as a feminist therapist, she listed steps to take to promote healing from sexual abuse and to reclaim one’s sexuality.
It is important, she said (probably quite accurately), for such women to learn to love their own bodies. However, her practical suggestions included “allowing ourselves to be auto-erotic, touching ourselves sexually and pleasurably, making love to ourselves, feeling our sexual needs and asking for what feels good.”
It should be noted that most women who join the feminist movement for political and personal reasons are unaware that it includes this “spiritual” element.
The non-feminist women who attended the Festival became convinced that “feminist spirituality” (generally called women’s spirituality) is at the core of the feminist movement and is in essence its religion. More and more, those who join for other purposes are drawn in and converted to it.
Meanwhile speakers and the literature state more and more explicitly that the goal is to infiltrate and destroy the established churches from within.