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Jane Caputi, author of "Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture", on the ways in which our modern culture distorts our perspectives on female power

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06:46 Question of the Week

"It is my understanding that the State of Texas says that the gender on one's birth certificate is your gender for life. This ruling has been used to help two people of the same gender get married if one of them is transgendered (born the opposite sex). I am female and want to marry someone who has a M on their birth certificate. Her name was legally changed via court order and her Texas Driver's license has a F for gender. How do we get a marriage license in Dallas County with a minimum of hastle? We would like to do this quietly. This is a very personal and private decision. Neither of us are interested in being a test case or any publicity whatsoever. "
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36:04 Female power: in two words, we identify one of the most controversial areas in our culture, such a hot-button item that it becomes all but unspeakable in certain venues. But the relationship of culture at large to female power has been a defining aspect of civilization from its inception. Commenting with unusual clarity and vision on the state of being today, feminist author and professor Jane Caputi joins us to talk about some of the issues raised in her new book, titled "Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture'.

In the categories of this world she is a professor, but in other worlds is a witch who works with the mystical and dreams. She has authored a number of books, including 'Age of Sex Crimes', 'Gossips, Gorgons, and Crones: Fates of the Earth', and (with Mary Daly) 'Websters Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language'. Jane is professor of Women's Studies and Communication at Florida Atlantic University, and notes that, "over the centuries, powerful female, mythological figures have been superceded by patriarchal symbols. This also correlates with the rise of the warrior mentality. Today, as we face the problems that our nuclear technology has created, there is an awakening of the old feminine spiritual powers."

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