I find medieval female mystics absolutely fascinating because of the way they used the tools of oppression leveled against them. It’s some social judo, all right.
And honestly the strategy was a mixed bag, but it was so much better than what society expected of them otherwise, most of them were all “fuck it, I’m Bride of Christ-ing right out of here.”
And the fact that so many of their works are translated and critiqued nowadays by men who are still heavily invested in patriarchy as status who is just... yeah.
Still being oppressed and fucked with after all these centuries, but through the bars you can see the vivid, restless captive. To coin a Jane Eyre.
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