May Day Among the Victorians

We seem a bit alarmed and at
the same time fascinated by
talk and images of ancient
fertility cults — May Day, tall
phallic poles and young women
dancing around them. Okay.
It’s about spring, germination,
growth out of cold, sterile winter,
pregnancy, birth — that’s it. No
big deal, except it is kind of funny
to think about a conservative
Christian college where every
May Day, the pole is erected and
the coeds coalesce and dance
innocently in their colorful
spring dresses while Victorian
minded elders pass by with a
public frown and secretly just
a sly, lascivious, sideways
glance.

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