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Barbara G. Walker (1930- ) is an American expert on knitting and a feminist writer on mythology, religion and spirituality.

Her Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, although of questionable accuracy at times, offers a compensatory perspective to not only chauvinist religious teachings but also to thinkers who ignore or gloss over Christianity’s ugly past.

From the standpoint of psycho-history, past atrocities tend to reemerge in novel, equally frightening forms if their underlying psychological dynamics remain unexamined and therefore unconscious.

By way of contrast, some researchers emphasize visible – instead of unconscious – motivational factors in their study of mankind. But to this, Thomas A Kohut says:

Because it is not possible to comprehend people without dealing with the psychological, historians, including those critical of psychohistory, have always written about it, even if they have rarely acknowledged the fact.¹

In the 1970’s Walker worked on a telephone hotline for battered women and pregnant teenagers. This sparked her interest in feminism and possibly contributed to her unique perspective on myth, religion and spirituality.

To this Rose White adds:

[Walker made] enormous contributions to female intellectual empowerment through her many collections of knitted stitch patterns. Of course her work benefited all knitters, not just women, but at the time she was writing, nearly all knitters were women.

The point of view which guided her to collect and produce her anthologies of stitch patterns was this: Crafters should not be beholden to crappy commercial garment designs, but should have the means to create their own original works. She has been an inspiration to multiple generations of knitters, and these books are still in print 40 years later. » See in context

And Mary Treherne comments about sex-role stereotypes and religion in general:

A change in the psycho-sexual paradigm of human nature, and the whole ‘chemistry’ of human relationship is taking place with a wholly new interpretation of the moral teachings of Christ, one that threatens to bring down the whole of ‘christian’ history and tradition and a lot more besides. To be truly free is to be free for an ignorance within human nature itself.

Anyone able to free themselves of their prejudices, who is interested in real progress that history has thus far denied us, should check out: http://www.energon.org.uk » See in context

¹ Thomas A. Kohut, “Psychohistory as History,” The American Historical Review, Vol. 91, No. 2 (Apr., 1986: 336-354), p. 352.

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5 thoughts on “Barbara G. Walker

  1. I’d love to see a little added to this about Walker’s enormous contributions to female intellectual empowerment through her many collections of knitted stitch patterns. Of course her work benefited all knitters, not just women, but at the time she was writing, nearly all knitters were women.

    The point of view which guided her to collect and produce her anthologies of stitch patterns was this: Crafters should not be beholden to crappy commercial garment designs, but should have the means to create their own original works. She has been an inspiration to multiple generations of knitters, and these books are still in print 40 years later.

  2. Thanks very much Rose. I must admit complete ignorance of that aspect of her life until reading your comment.

  3. Hallo!
    If I talking about Genocide in the Bible, I must talking same
    about Hitlers Genocide. Hitler find the Motivation in the Tora.
    Tora is a especial dangerous book, (Deuteronomium:7:1.)
    We find in Internet Hitler`s Bible to. I m Atheist, but I read
    the Bible every Day, why? Because I search new Genocide
    in the Bible, and I find new Violence.
    Every day I find new Killing and new Murder in the Bible.
    The Bible is a most criminal book of the World! This is a patri-
    archal boook, Phalobook, Hitler`s book, one book for a Man!
    I m one Atheist-Pazifist und Feminist. In Inquisition di 9 Mill.
    Womans as Witches: Ex.22:17. Who is a Quilty? The Bible!
    Hitler shaw us, what is a Holocaust, and Holocaust is a Old
    Testament.

    Thank You! M. S.

  4. I would say that Hitler interpreted it according to his insane beliefs. You might be interested in this…

    http://kevinbussey.wordpress.com/2006/08/09/hitler-wrote-his-own-bible-commandments/

    http://www.nobeliefs.com/Hitler1.htm

  5. A change in the psycho-sexual paradigm of human nature, and the whole ‘chemistry’ of human relationship is taking place with a wholly new interpretation of the moral teachings of Christ, one that threatens to bring down the whole of ‘christian’ history and tradition and a lot more besides. To be truly free is to be free for an ignorance within human nature itself.

    Anyone able to free themselves of their prejudices, who is interested in real progress that history has thus far denied us, should check out: http://www.energon.org.uk

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