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Quoting Craddock

Posted By Psyche On Thursday, December 9, 2010 @ 8:36 pm In News & Shiny,Occulture | 5 Comments

[1]My review [2] of Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock [1], by Vere Chappell (Weiser, 2010) is up on SpiralNature.com [3] here [2].

Craddock was indeed a remarkable person, but some of her notions about what was proper are… Well, here’s a quote from her 1900 treatise, “The Wedding Night”:

To approach a woman’s genitals with the finger for the purpose of excitation, is distinctly masturbative, and therefore wrong. The only lawful finger of love at her genitals is his sexual love organ.1 [4]

It’s almost cute.

Actually, Craddock’s forthright approach to sex was fairly unique for its time, though much of what she wrote seems antiquated today it’s still a fascinating read.

A reminder [5] that @WeiserBooks [6] Twitter book club begins on Monday, so if you don’t have your copy yet hopefully you can pick it up over the weekend.

Also, @Frater_Puck [7] informs me [8] that an interview with Vere Chappell will be up on the podcast ThelemaNow.com [9] in the near future.

And, because I’m a big nerd, I took a photo of my notes and the beginnings of my review and posted them on my other blog [10]. So there’s that, too.

I received a copy of Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman [11] as well. Haven’t read it yet, but I will let you know once the review is posted.

Any more Craddock news, anyone? At this rate I’m going to be Craddocked out by 2011!


  1. sic., p. 196 [back [12]]

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[2] My review: http://www.spiralnature.com/reviews/history-occulture/sexual-outlaw-erotic-mystic-vere-chappell.html

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[4] 1: http://ahrfoundation.org/2010/12/09/quoting-craddock/#footnote_0_2710

[5] A reminder: http://ahrfoundation.org/2010/11/12/new-biography-of-ida-craddock-published-by-weiser/

[6] @WeiserBooks: http://twitter.com/weiserbooks

[7] @Frater_Puck: http://twitter.com/#!/Frater_Puck

[8] informs me: http://twitter.com/#!/Frater_Puck/statuses/13037940733116416

[9] ThelemaNow.com: http://www.thelemanow.com

[10] posted them on my other blog: http://nicomaramckay.com/writing/review-notes-for-sexual-outlaw-erotic-mystic/

[11] Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465002986?ie=UTF8&tag=ahrfoundationnet-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0465002986

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