In preparation for my book launch of “The Sex Goddess: Debunking the Mythology of God & Sex” at Skoobs, I had created an altar with candles, a rubber snake and some items of fruit which I kept hidden under a cloth napkin. In order to surprise my audience, I had a red apple (like the one Eve, the Sex Priestess, is holding on the cover of my book), a juicy pear, a ripe mango and, of course, that wicked banana! 🙂
As soon as my MC, Bishop Jackson, arrived, I dashed into the loos for some rapid transformation: I changed out of my goddess dress
into my black, sombre, ministerial robe.
I had to buy a professional black robe for my ministerial graduation at Agape in Los Angeles in 1998 and I picked this particular robe especially for its erotic potential – it unzips completely from the V-neck in the front all the way to the hemline. Finally, after 21 years of lying dormant, the erotic nature of this robe would be realised on the night of my launch at Skoobs!
Underneath my robe, unbeknownst to my audience, I was wearing a see-through dress of black lace with a black belly dancing belt tied around my hips. Luckily, the coins on my belt did not jangle as I walked. No-one guessed. Nor could they have guessed that I was only wearing my robe so that I could strip it off later in the programme… 🙂 I was certainly not wearing it so that I could come across as “holier than thou” or, in this case “holier than them”. ⛪
The Divine Deborah, the Events Manager at Skoobs, gave me a fiery passionate introduction and with that, the Bishop and I took our seats and began our conversation.
Oh yes, I did do a prayer to set the tone for the event. That was my most spiritually lofty and serious bit of the whole evening. It went deliciously downhill from there… 🙂
The Bishop asked me why I wrote my book. There were a number of reasons:
- It was a book whose time had come: it had to be written to mend the divide between Spirit and Flesh and expose the misogynistic mythology of scripture.
- When I got off the stage, after my debut talk on “God & Sex” at the “Birthing Our Divine Feminine” Conference in 2017, I heard that there was a rush to the book table to buy the book on “God and Sex.” Unfortunately, it had not been written at that time but the enthusiasm shown to me for my topic was my motive to get the book completed and published.
- In South Africa especially, we frequently hear media reports of women being raped and murdered. I began to question why? Why are women typically the victims of male aggression? And why are women still being treated as 2nd class citizens, even in the first world of the 21st century? My questions and my research showed me that our Bible, the so-called Holy Word of God, is a major contributor to the unequal relationships between men and women, the concept of women as evil, the notion of the flesh as “unspiritual”, and therefore corrupt, and the perception of sex as something sinful that will take us straight to Hell!
More to come in the next blog post. We are building up slowly towards the climax of the launch. 🙂
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