Posts Tagged ‘anne hutchinson’

Anne Hutchinson and Maria Monk: From Heroine to Victim?

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Just a quick reminder that for next week, you need to read chapters 6-12 and 14-19 of The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk.

If you missed class on Thursday, you missed the best video interpretation ever of Anne Hutchinson. Watch it, and enjoy!

Anne Hutchinson; The wave-maker for women in the church.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I think Anne Hutchinson was born in the wrong era and instead should have been born in the late 20th century, when all different types of movements sparked up. Hutchinson felt she could speak and hear the voice of God even though she was a woman. She was a progressive leader for women within her church, encouraging them to study the bible. In her time she was seen as a person who practiced heresy but today she is recognized as a woman who set the path for women’s rights in a religious context.

In Anne Hutchinson’s trial, she was accused for hearing God and holding meetings where she would help women think about their spiritual lives. This kind of thing was unacceptable because only men, specifically those ordained, had that type of relationship or privilege with God. This was not only something believed by the Puritans but by all Protestant religions in the 1600’s and even much after. Women in ministry were not even recognized until the late 1900’s. With much struggle, women were accepted into major roles within the church in many Protestant denominations.

When I think of Anne Hutchinson I think of a woman who stood up for her beliefs. She was one of the few women who made their opinions heard, especially in a time where religion and nothing else was life. I think she was something like a foundation for women in the church to fight for appreciation and equal rights.

Individuals Rights in Puritanical Massachusetts; Buggering the Cows.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I want to bugger a cow.  Well not really, but if I so chose to do so, how then in any way does that effect the community?  Why does the community have a right to investigate my acts that are done in privacy?  Anne Hutchinson was an outspoken member of her puritanical society -a community deeply rooted in tradition and religious adherence.  Where strict observance to the text was of the upmost importance for the community.  Her crime; teaching/interpreting the Holy Bible without priest present or herself being ordained, not an option for women.  The root of this problem does not begin with her practice of religion but rather her role in the community therein decentralizing the priesthood’s role in the community.

Mrs. Hutchinson further pressed religious freedom as well as an individuals right to interpret the bible.  She was a puritanical feminist of sorts; ingrained in her  beliefs was a woman’s right to interact with the church.  Though later critical of the church, her intentions were never to cause a disturbance but rather further the practice of religion outside of the church.  Eventually she was formally charged with transducing, (undermining the priests) as well as antinomianism (god’s grace has allowed Christians to no longer observe moral precepts).  Stressing that personal observance as a means of reaching god- far removed from the institution of the church and the interpretation of priests (

Her ability to rattle the course of the puritanical cause sheds light on the very foundation of the ‘city on the hill’ -John Winthrop (governor of Mass.)

John Winthrop; Wikipedia

Though an influential woman and the daughter of an outspoken man, the puritanical system was clearly degrading.  The distopia soon formed, rooted in fear of the devil/indians as well as what I believe impossible standards of religious practice.  Calvinism much like the interpretation of Marx by Lenin was greatly shifted over time to favor the wealthy and affluent -the ‘elect’ few as they believed.  Something that Calvin believed was impossible to predict.

This reflection of the society then shares no surprise that those individuals in the community who chose to engage sexual acts with animals were going to abruptly face consequences.  The bay colony had no place for this behavior, nor would it be tolerated in the new Israel.  For those individuals running the community and the culture as a whole, believed that they were working to create a utopia.  And in no utopia would acts of forced sexual aggression onto another human or animal be accepted for either the molester or the victim.