Draft

Iconoclasm redux, played out in words

Draft of 2006.08.24 ☛ 2015.07.03 ☛ 2016.07.17

By “iconoclasm” I’m referring to the Reformation Iconoclasm, the tumultuous period in the 16th Century when protestants destroyed Catholic artwork in northern Europe. The stricture invoked was the Biblical admonition against graven images, but the cultural act revolved around the symbols of cultural self-definition.

The dynamics of discussion between the Michigan Women’s Music Festival and trans women who want to attend but are excluded reminds me strongly of that approach. It’s interesting to note that in their press releases on the matter, the MWMF describes itself as being for “womyn-born womyn”, and not for “transgendered women”.

Usefyl old “e”. Helps to tell folks apart.