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3/20/2014

But Still it Moves

“Eppur si muove,” muttered Galileo under his breath as he was being silenced by the Vatican: “But still it moves.”

I teach.
It is how I make my living.
It is also work that I love.
I am pretty good at it.
I have been doing it for a quarter of a century now.
Before that...  I always wanted to do it.
Always.
Just ask my kid brothers.  
They would tell you of the trials of growing up with a teacher-wannabe.

I am 59 years old.
My hope is that I will retire, when the time comes, from the teaching position I currently hold.
To do that, there are agreements that must be made.
Papers that must be signed.
Obligations that must be undertaken.

I may not be, in public, who I truly am.
It is forbidden.
Silence is required.
The price to be paid for a bit of security.

Non-consensual gagging.
Adherence to demands born of centuries-long misogynistic mythology.

My silence is deafening.
I can hear the truth, screaming in my own ears.
Hardly Galileo, I know that there remains a truth.
Do not mistake my lack of voice for assent.

6 comments:

  1. Le biologiste passe, la grenouille reste. (Often misquoted as "Theories pass, the frog remains.")

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  2. You mean you cannot be out as polygamous or as a slave or as a masochist? Or all of those?

    -sin

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    1. Those. By contract. No public support of or ... Anything that the men at the top decree to be "against the teachings of."

      Sue

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    2. Nods, that's how it was at my last job...."any conduct not fitting a church secretary." I know how frustrating it is for you, but it's worth it for the retirement.

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    3. Anonymous6:47 PM

      Oh, please, you are working for a religious organization that has standards of behavior...surprise, surprise. It is not like you didn't know this going in and they just sprung it on you. The same could be said of Galileo, but at least he had the guts to speak the truth and damn the consequences. To call it misogynistic mythology because your lifestyle is not something that "the men at the top" agree with is disingenuous at best.

      Belle

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  3. Sorry I haven't visited your (or anyone's) blog for months. Just haven't felt cyber-sociable.

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