Back in 2002 Tricycle magazine published an article called Zen Boyfriends:Woes of a Wannabe Goddess by Mariana Caplan. It was a self-indulgent whine about her love life and the “distant, arrogant, righteous and terrified” men she seemed to be attracted to. She denies the New Age label but a reading of her jargon laden website at Realspirituality.com (and it’s connection to Marc Gafni among others) would somewhat belie that claim.
Now Blake at A Mindful Geek has written An open letter to new age chicks. also a self-indulgent whine about his love life and the “bitches” he seems to attract. Or was “Namaste, bitches!” directed at bitches in general and not just the New Age variety? He writes:
…new age chicks see “zen” and they attach on to you like a lamprey on a shark.
I understand why this is, honestly. I mean, new age girls usually start upon a spiritual journey by reading some pop-oriented material where the word “zen” is used as to mean “serene” or “of significant spiritual value.” So saying that you “study Zen” is translated into “I study serenity” and what’s more new age than that!
…and so on.
Reading these two pieces together makes for quite an interesting take. Have they met? Do they know each other? Perhaps had an affair some time ago? Tis but speculation.
So far in this game then it’s
Zen Boyfriends 1
new age chicks 1 + 1
the new age chick got it published in Tricycle so that counts for bonus points I think cause she got paid for it.
And good on you Trike for publishing such high quality Dharma materials. Can Blake get paid for his piece too?