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There All Day on the First of May…

Happy May Day, everyone.

But don’t jump on that Maypole too fast…read on, there’s another tradition you may not have heard of…The May Hole Dance


“A feminist rebuttal to the phallocentric Maypole, the May Hole centers around the ability of women to help each other rise above the bonds of the patriarchy. To begin, everyone participating is bound together in a big circle using toilet paper, which represents the bonds of the patriarchy. One woman begins to free people, and they begin to free more people, soon everyone is free and chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the patriarchy has got to go!” Once everyone is free, they rush to a parachute in the center of the circle and grab hold of it. When it is stretched open, there are hundreds of flower petals in the center of it, which then fly over the crowd. There is usually much dancing and celebrating. It’s definitely something that’s ONLY done at Bryn Mawr.”

Yes, the hunt is up.

Happy May Day!

{ 2 } Comments

  1. M | May 1, 2003 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    Happy May Day, Court! The hunt is up, the hunt is up…

    Of course, I never really understood why toilet paper represented the bonds of the patriarchy, but then again, the organizers of the Mayhole are probably the people most likely to utilize the Keeper, so maybe there’s some connection…

  2. Kelly | May 1, 2003 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Happy May Day, everybody!

    (And, referring to an earlier mirandala topic, fingers crossed for the Dixie Chicks, who begin their tour in South Carolina tonight.)

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