on being unconventional, assertive, sexual, strong, funny, confident, competent, opinionated, and independent
Don't you love people like this? I do, too. They are at home in their bodies and fully themselves. I am talking, of course, about Alison, the character in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. usually called The Wife of Bath. I am also talking about her creative transformation by the British poet, Patience Agbabi, into the Wife of Bafa. What interests me is Agbabi's performance of the Wife of Bafa, her reimagining of the original character, and the difference both wives can make to women and others whose voices are silenced by patriarchy. As a process theologian I can't help but think that even the soul of the universe, even the divine Eros, takes delight in, and is enriched by, the zesty assertiveness of wives who are so much more than "wives."
- Jay McDaniel