(I originally wrote about these issues--because I believe this to be more than one issue, not a binary--in my personal blog. In the interest of clarity and time, I have taken some parts of that initial post, which most of you have not seen, and worked them into this first part. Please forgive me, long-time readers, if it seems like you've read some bits before.)
I've been threatening to write about this set of situations--really write about it--for over a year. Every time I wrap my head and heart around it, some new information comes to light and I step back a bit, wondering what else I can add from so far away.
I will engage these on-going issues in three parts--Waxing to Full, Waning Moon, and Dark Moon. I hope you will bear with me as I develop my own thoughts, bear witness to what I haven't seen and step into a world that is both mine and not mine.
It's the women-born-women issue, of course--something that has been seething in some circles for a while now. The first large-scale incident, as far as I know, was at last year's Pantheacon, there was a fascinating repeat at Pantheacon 2012 and then we got the coverage of that powerful circle that blessed this year's Pagan Spirit Gathering.