The Rosicrucians, the Tongs of Terror, the Cult of the Black Mother, The Secret Rites of Mitra, and the Castrators
of Russia are cases in point (Daural, 1961/1989).
Perhaps this explains why the author identifies religious dissidence with the skoptsy castrators
and khlysty (flagellants), who had little to do with the changing religious attitudes of the majority of the population (p.
She provides a sweeping review of the image of black women as castrators
and white women as saviors of black men in Wright's published canon to 1982, giving credit to Wright's "deft and moving renderings of a black woman's experience" in "Bright and Morning Star.
The construction of woman as monstrous is related to male psychosexual anxieties and textualized through patriarchal representations of women as abject or as castrators
She also gives the lie to the myth of women as castrators
, entrappers, and betrayers.