Monday, April 02, 2018

ISO Patron saint of mansplaining

Catherine of Siena/Franceschini via Wikimedia
I'm well into the second week of a run of mansplaining.  I've had quantum mechanics explained to me — twice.  I've had the liturgical rubrics for the Easter Vigil explained to me.  I've had the context of the photo that illustrates my recent essay in Nature Chemistry explained to me.  I've had the lectionary (incorrectly) explained to me.  I've had Marie Curie explained to me. She's fragile (probably as a result of her zombie status), and I must be careful not to suggest that men dominate science, because Marie might be diminished.  I've had chemistry explained to me, repeatedly.  Many men have explained things to me.

Enough. I need a saint to light a candle to that I might have patience.  A patroness for the patronized.  Some ideas!  Others?


  • Mary Magdalene
  • Catherine of Siena
  • Hildegarde of Bingen
  • Marie Curie (how not?)

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  1. Patience, yes, but also persistence! To add just a few others: Scholastica, Teresa of Avila, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Julian of Norwich, Maria Romero Meneses, Mary McKillop, Mollie Rogers.

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    1. They could have their own litany - to be chanted when the mansplaining begins!

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  2. Clare of Assisi, Dorothy of New York,Ita-Maura-Dorothy-Jean of El Salvador...

    And as my fifth grade teacher once told me, "It's your job to become the first St. Shannon," so I say, "Michelle, it's your job to become that patron saint!"

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    1. I love that 5th teacher's wisdom; and the list of saintly women!

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  3. "...to light a candle that I might have patience...."

    I am not sure how much of a scientist Hildegarde of Bingen was, but her music always lights a candle for me. You are probably familiar with it, but if not, here is a sample from the album Origin of Fire performed by Anonymous 4.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Sj3blczB8

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    1. For her time, she was pretty much a solid scientist, I missed this album, so am glad of the link, thanks!

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  4. Anonymous12:47 AM

    Any of these ... ? https://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/worthy-women/

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  5. My vote is Mary Magdalene, who as the first witness of the resurrection was immediatley shunted aside (and slandered by the Church for a good many centuries).

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    1. There's an incisive cartoon making the rounds on Facebook (from here: https://nakedpastor.com/2018/04/the-role-of-women-in-the-resurrection/ ) that captures this so well.

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  6. How about Catherine of Siena's mother?

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