I think it is important to not be part of any organization that does not allow full membership to people – especially if it is because of something they have no control over. I won’t become a Catholic for this reason. Women cannot be priests simply because they are female. I won’t join the order of the Eastern Star for this reason. While it is a sister organization to the Masons, it is not equal. It is an auxiliary group that supports them, rather than being the same.
I’m very wary of the new trend in spiritual circles that are “embracing the Divine Feminine” and are allow only women to be members. I understand what they think they are doing. Women’s voices and stories have been excluded from the conversation for years. They are trying to rectify things by putting the focus on female power. But to do this is simply to play the same game that has been played for centuries. To celebrate the “Divine Feminine” at the exclusion of men is to ask women to be the oppressors and the excluders. It isn’t opening up the conversation. It is simply changing who the storyteller is.
To have female-only spiritual or religious groups isn’t empowering to women at all. It is the very opposite in fact. It isn’t feminine at all to exclude people. It certainly isn’t divine. We have to work together. This is why we were made differently, so we can share our strengths. We will never fix an exclusionary organization by excluding people. If we do, then we have become the very thing we oppose.