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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A work in progress. Explaining words and phrases that I often use. Noting new and interesting ideas. Discussing certain verbal warning signs. There’s no social justice or political correctness here.

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faith       faith triumphant       family folk       FamousFeminist       fangs that bite       Fat Tuesday - Shrove Tuesday - Mardi Gras       Feast of Apples       Feast of the Dead       Feast of the Ingathering       fedora       Feill-Sheathain       fellow-feeling       feminism (first wave)       feminism (fourth wave)       feminism (second wave)       feminism (third wave)       fertility cult       fire       fire festival       Firing of the Anvil       First Fruits       First Harvest       flash floods       flashmob       flux point       force fire       four airts       four amendments       four foot       Four Powers of the Magus       Four Powers of the Sphinx       four quarters       foyer       freedom       free market       fubar       fundy       fur                  
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faith

Belief without proof.

In religion, belief in reality beyond human experience, understanding, or comprehension.

If you are pagan because you need attention, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. You can't be pagan just to be weird or to make people nervous. Faith isn't a costume, it lives and flows inside of you.

Religion is usually a system, faith is the juice that makes the system go.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#faith

faith triumphant

Not only is there just One True Faith, but all other beliefs and faith systems must be ruthlessly suppressed for the Greater Good.

On the whole, one of the worse ideas yet conceived by humans.
See also dominionism

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#triumphant

family folk     See kin

FamousFeminist

Between the second and third wave of the feminist movement, changes took place. FamousFeminists exploit the "perpetual" victimhood of women to enhance their own fame, book sales, and political power. For them, it's not about empowering women. It's about cashing in.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#famousfeminist

fangs that bite

There are dangerous people in the World. Not everyone, but you should be wary until you know. Locking yourself away and hoping no one else notices is not a solution. Sooner or later expect to walk among the claws that rip and the fangs that bite. Be careful.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fangs-that-bite

Fat Tuesday - Shrove Tuesday - Mardi Gras
     See Selected Christian Observances

Feast of Apples     See Samhain

Feast of the Dead     See Samhain

Feast of the Ingathering     See Mabon, autumnal equinox

fedora

fedora( FE DOE RA ) - Men's soft felt hat with brim and lengthwise crease in crown , adopted by women. The name Fedora was after the heroine of Victorian Sardou's drama presented in Paris in 1882.

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Feill-Sheathain      See Litha, summer solstice

feminism (first wave)

The first wave of feminism took place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, emerging out of an environment of urban industrialism and liberal, socialist politics. The goal of this wave was to open up opportunities for women, with a focus on suffrage. The wave formally began at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when three hundred men and women rallied to the cause of equality for women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton (d.1902) drafted the Seneca Falls Declaration outlining the new movement's ideology and political strategies.

In its early stages, feminism was interrelated with the temperance and abolitionist movements and gave voice to now-famous activists like the African-American Sojourner Truth (d. 1883), who demanded: "Ain't I a woman?" Victorian America saw women acting in very "un-ladylike" ways (public speaking, demonstrating, stints in jail), which challenged the "cult of domesticity." Discussions about the vote and women's participation in politics led to an examination of the differences between men and women as they were then viewed. Some claimed that women were morally superior to men, and so their presence in the civic sphere would improve public behavior and the political process.

Often taken for granted, women in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, realized that they must first gain political power (including the right to vote) to bring about change was how to fuel the fire. Their political agenda expanded to issues concerning sexual, reproductive and economic matters. The seed was planted that women have the potential to contribute just as much if not more than men.
The most important wave of feminism and for many Americans, the only “real” feminism.

I've known American women who consider themselves feminists, yet avoid the third wave and fourth wave feminists.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#feminism1

feminism (fourth wave)      - disputed

The aims of the second feminist movement were never cemented to the extent that they could survive the complacency of third wavers. The fourth wave of feminism is emerging because (mostly) young women and men realize that the third wave is either overly optimistic or hampered by blinders. Feminism is now moving from the academy and back into the realm of public discourse. Issues that were central to the earliest phases of the women’s movement are receiving national and international attention by mainstream press and politicians: problems like sexual abuse, rape, violence against women, unequal pay, slut-shaming, the pressure on women to conform to a single and unrealistic body-type and the realization that gains in female representation in politics and business, for example, are very slight. It is no longer considered “extreme,” nor is it considered the purview of rarified intellectuals to talk about societal abuse of women, rape on college campus, Title IX, homo and transphobia, unfair pay and work conditions, and the fact that the US has one of the worst records for legally-mandated parental leave and maternity benefits in the world.

Some people who wish to ride this new fourth wave have trouble with the word “feminism,” not just because of its older connotations of radicalism, but because the word feels like it is underpinned by assumptions of a gender binary and an exclusionary subtext: “for women only.” Many fourth wavers who are completely on-board with the movement’s tenants find the term “feminism” sticking in their craws and worry that it is hard to get their message out with a label that raises hackles for a broader audience. Yet the word is winning the day. The generation now coming of age sees that we face serious problems because of the way society genders and is gendered, and we need a strong “in-your-face” word to combat those problems. Feminism no longer just refers to the struggles of women; it is a clarion call for gender equity.

The emerging fourth wavers are not just reincarnations of their second wave grandmothers; they bring to the discussion important perspectives taught by third wave feminism. They speak in terms of intersectionality whereby women’s suppression can only fully be understood in a context of the marginalization of other groups and genders—feminism is part of a larger consciousness of oppression along with racism, ageism, classism, abelism, and sexual orientation (no “ism” to go with that). Among the third wave’s bequests is the importance of inclusion, an acceptance of the sexualized human body as non-threatening, and the role the internet can play in gender-bending and leveling hierarchies. Part of the reason a fourth wave can emerge is because these millennials’ articulation of themselves as “feminists” is their own: not a hand-me-down from grandma. The beauty of the fourth wave is that there is a place in it for all –together. The academic and theoretical apparatus is extensive and well honed in the academy, ready to support a new broad-based activism in the home, in the workplace, and in the streets.
Intimately tied into intersectionality and the politics of victimhood.

I'm not entirely sure fourth wave feminism is anything more than wishful thinking of a few individuals. Even some very prominent feminists aren't convinced the fouth wave exists.

I've never been able to hold a rational discussion with a fourth wave feminist, our assumptions have almost no commonality. From my viewpoint, the fourth wave focuses on how things should be without having a practical basis. Maybe there should be apple bushes that float in the air, but there's no known way to achieve that.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#feminism4

feminism (second wave)

Coming off the heels of World War II, the second wave of feminism focused on the workplace, sexuality, family and reproductive rights. During a time when the United States was already trying to restructure itself, it was perceived that women had met their equality goals with the exception of the failure of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (which has still yet to be passed).

This time is often dismissed as offensive, outdated and obsessed with middle class white women’s problems. Conversely, many women during the second wave were initially part of the Black Civil Rights Movement, Anti Vietnam Movement, Chicano Rights Movement, Asian-American Civil Rights Movement, Gay and Lesbian Movement and many other groups fighting for equality. Many of the women supporters of the aforementioned groups felt their voices were not being heard and felt that in order to gain respect in co-ed organizations they first needed to address gender equality concerns.

The second wave began in the 1960s and continued into the 90s. This wave unfolded in the context of the anti-war and civil rights movements and the growing self-consciousness of a variety of minority groups around the world. The New Left was on the rise, and the voice of the second wave was increasingly radical. In this phase, sexuality and reproductive rights were dominant issues, and much of the movement's energy was focused on passing the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing social equality regardless of sex.

This phase began with protests against the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 1968 and 1969. Feminists parodied what they held to be a degrading "cattle parade" that reduced women to objects of beauty dominated by a patriarchy that sought to keep them in the home or in dull, low-paying jobs. The radical New York group called the Redstockings staged a counter pageant in which they crowned a sheep as Miss America and threw "oppressive" feminine artifacts such as bras, girdles, high-heels, makeup and false eyelashes into the trashcan.

Because the second wave of feminism found voice amid so many other social movements, it was easily marginalized and viewed as less pressing than, for example, Black Power or efforts to end the war in Vietnam. Feminists reacted by forming women-only organizations (such as NOW) and "consciousness raising" groups. In publications like "The BITCH Manifesto" and "Sisterhood is Powerful," feminists advocated for their place in the sun. The second wave was increasingly theoretical, based on a fusion of neo-Marxism and psycho-analytical theory, and began to associate the subjugation of women with broader critiques of patriarchy, capitalism, normative heterosexuality, and the woman's role as wife and mother. Sex and gender were differentiated—the former being biological, and the later a social construct that varies culture-to-culture and over time.

Whereas the first wave of feminism was generally propelled by middle class, Western, cisgender, white women, the second phase drew in women of color and developing nations, seeking sisterhood and solidarity, claiming "Women's struggle is class struggle." Feminists spoke of women as a social class and coined phrases such as "the personal is political" and "identity politics" in an effort to demonstrate that race, class, and gender oppression are all related. They initiated a concentrated effort to rid society top-to-bottom of sexism, from children's cartoons to the highest levels of government.
The second wave shifted the focus from all women to certain women who more victimized. Then came the question of which victimhood needed the most action. Each group sought to place itself higher in the victim hierarchy. That fragmented the movement, something that it hasn't recovered from since.

Today there are many feminist groups but they don't share the same goals. Split happens, it accelerated with the second wave feminists.

I suspect that many other problems that second and third wave feminists faced happened because certain men took advantage. These (sleaze ball) men said the appropriate things, acted properly in public, and attended the right meetings. But it was all a show, manipulating the second wavers into sex and other things. Then these certain (scumbag) men went on to their next conquests all while convincing everyone else that they supported women and feminism. The third wave misandry that followed was a natural reaction.
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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#feminism2

feminism (third wave)

The third wave of feminism began in the mid-90's and was informed by post-colonial and post-modern thinking. In this phase many constructs were destabilized, including the notions of "universal womanhood," body, gender, sexuality and heteronormativity. An aspect of third wave feminism that mystified the mothers of the earlier feminist movement was the readoption by young feminists of the very lip-stick, high-heels, and cleavage proudly exposed by low cut necklines that the first two phases of the movement identified with male oppression. Pinkfloor expressed this new position when she said that it's possible to have a push-up bra and a brain at the same time.

The "grrls" of the third wave stepped onto the stage as strong and empowered, eschewing victimization and defining feminine beauty for themselves as subjects, not as objects of a sexist patriarchy. They developed a rhetoric of mimicry, which appropriated derogatory terms like "slut" and "bitch" in order to subvert sexist culture and deprive it of verbal weapons. The web is an important tool of "girlie feminism." E-zines have provided "cybergrrls" and "netgrrls" another kind of women-only space. At the same time — rife with the irony of third-wave feminism because cyberspace is disembodied — it permits all users the opportunity to cross gender boundaries, and so the very notion of gender has been unbalanced in a way that encourages experimentation and creative thought.

Today and unlike the former movements, the term ‘feminist’ is received less critically by the female population due to the varying feminist outlooks. There are the ego-cultural feminists, the radicals, the liberal/reforms, the electoral, academic, ecofeminists… the list goes on.

The main issues we face today were prefaced by the work done by the previous waves of women. We are still working to vanquish the disparities in male and female pay and the reproductive rights of women. We are working to end violence against women in our nation as well as others.

We are still fighting for acceptance and a true understanding of the term ‘feminism,’ it should be noted that we have made tremendous progress since the first wave. It is a term that has been unfairly associated first, with ladies in hoop skirts and ringlet curls, then followed by butch, man-hating women. Due to the range of feminist issues today, it is much harder to put a label on what a feminist looks like.
Today there seems to very little uniting feminists, particularly the highly public ones. Two things that most agree on are misandry and the politics of victimhood. There are many sad and angry third wavers, some seem determined to share the misery no matter what the cost. Destruction seems more important than creation.

There is still injustice against women, but I don't think third wave feminists want solutions. I think third wavers want privilege because of their victimhood.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#feminism3

fellow-feeling

The natural empathy most people develop without thinking about it. I had to work at it. Then it got turned up a few notches. My ability to read people didn't get better, but when I do connect I feel much more now. I think Someone has a sense of humor.

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fertility cult

a system of nature worship involving rites and ceremonies believed to ensure productiveness of plants, animals, and people and often directed toward the propitiation of a special deity
Most modern neopaganism is based on fertility cults, some of the rites are either sexual or symbols of sex. Fertility rites are supposed to increase fertility of people, the land, and animals including livestock.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fertility-cult

fire

One of the five traditional elements in Western occultism. Corresponds with one of the four known states of matter, plasma.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fire

fire festival     dates of midpoints between solstices & equinoxes

Cross quarter day and High Holiday, one of the gateways between the four seasons. Fire festivals mark the midpoint between the solstice and the equinox (or equinox and solstice). Most neopagan tradtions mark solar festivals as Greater Sabbats.

On my WebTree path, it begins on sunset on the day before the actual midpoint and lasts until sunset on the day after. That makes it the traditional three days.

A ritual bonfire was a favourite pagan method of celebrating a festival. The four great feast-days of the Celtic year, which have become the four Great Sabbats of the witches, were always occasions of ritual fire in one form or another. The Celtic names for these feasts were Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. They were held at the beginning of February, the beginning of May, the beginning of August, and the beginning of November, respectively. The Midsummer festival was also called Beltane, meaning ‘bright fire’.

There is something very magical about a bonfire, which somehow seems to invite people to dance round it. The flickering of the flames, the crackling of blazing twigs, the showers of golden sparks, the pungent scent of the wood-smoke, all evoke an atmosphere of cheerfulness and excitement.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fire-festival

Firing of the Anvil      23November

First Fruits     See Lammas

First Harvest     See Lammas

flash floods     See Arizona monsoon season

flashmob

A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. The term is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts, that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.

a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#flashmob

flux point

Dynamic balance between flows and tensions where slight motion can be vastly amplified. A key concept in martial arts, practical magick, management practice, and history.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#flux-point

force fire

The force-fire (Scottish Gaelic: teine-éiginn, which also translates to Need-fire), or a fire produced by friction, was used in folk magic practice in the Scottish Highlands up until the 19th century. Believers considered it an antidote against bewitching, as well as the plague, murrain and all infectious diseases among cattle. It is also known as In Scotland and elsewhere as Need-fire or Neatsfire from an old word for cattle retained in the name "Neatsfoot oil."

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#force-fire

four airts     See cardinal points

four amendments

Some of my ideas for restoring liberty and reducing the American government to it's proper size.

Repeal the 16th Amendment

Repeal the 17th Amendment

None of the Above and Alternative Voting

Laws and Regulations

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#four-amendments

four foot

Land mammals I’ve met and tried to respect

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#four-foot

Four Powers of the Magus

Crowley called the "fifth power" ire - to go, or action.

Air is the element of Mercury, the ruler of knowledge. Water brings with it the idea of launching boldly upon the waves of uncharted seas. Fire reminds us of the flame of will. Earth conveys the silent strength of rocks and mountains. When all these four are gathered together, there appears the fifth element, spirit; and its correspondence is the fifth power; ire, to go, the power of progression through the universe, the power of evolution.

Because the Sphinx is a representation of the Four Elements, these powers are also sometimes called the Four Powers of the Sphinx.
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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#4pm

four quarters     See cardinal points

foyer

  1. the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
  2. a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#foyer

freedom

Choosing and acting without cooercion or external control

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#freedom

free market

Voluntary exchanges between mutually consenting adults. I may be selling widgets but the customer doesn't have to buy from me. Likewise, I don't have to sell to them if I don't like the color of their socks.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#free-market

fubar

  1. F*cked up beyond all reason.
  2. F*cked up beyond all recognition.
  3. F*cked up beyond all repair.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fubar

fundy

A fundamentalist True Believer™, not always (or even usually) a Christian.

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http://www.neowayland.com/lexicon/ff/#fundy

fur

On humans, a vulgar and occasionally endearing way to refer to pubic hair.

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