Sister Edith Myflesh
Your Lay Occupation
Purveyour of Porn to the Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Masses
Your Date Of Birth
11 Acatl, 1 Coatl, 5 Atl; Chinese Year of the Boar, Element of Metal (which makes me an Iron Pig); Cancer with a Gemini Moon and Leo Ascendant.
Originally from B.F. East of Eden (a.k.a The East Bay, California), now a San Francisco resident for long enough to have earned that title.
Date You Joined The Order
I started volunteering for the Sisters in June 2001. I worked for them at Pink Saturday, marched with them in the Pride Parade and helped with bingo. After some internal debate and soul-searching, I announced my intention to officially join in November of 2001, became a member of the Order in January of 2002 and was Fully Professed on 12 December 2002.
When Did You Discover Your Calling?
I don't think that I can point to one specific moment in time. I started on my path with the Sisters by simply stating, "I want to give back to the community." I had lived in San Francisco for quite a while and I realised that I moved here because of the community. I felt called to give back to that community so that it would be here for others to move to as well. As I progressed towards Novice, I found that there was more and more that was calling to me. I rediscover my Calling all the time; each time I bring someone Joy; each time I am challenged to be the best you've ever seen.
Why Did You Become A Sister?
For me, being a Sister is all about Love. If I am in Habit and I make one person smile, then I have done my job. Raising money and helping people materially is a very important part of what we do. But the real work happens in one-on-one interactions. For me, being a Sister isn't just about giving grants or following the rules or having the most glamourous outfits: it's about spreading the Love and having a Joyous and Indulgent time while doing it.
Who Were Your Sponsors In The Order
My Mother in the Order is Sister Lily White Superior Posterior*, my Novice Mistress is Sister Gina Tonic the Sparkling, my Fairy Godmother is Sister Constance Craving of the Holey Desire and my Wicked Stepmother is Sister Betty Does, LNM.
* That's right, I'm third generation, bitches. What!?
List Some of Your Major Projects In The Order
• Board Chairnun, January 2003 to December 2004; September 2009 to present
• Abbess, July 2004 to September 2009
• Mistress of the Web, December 2003 to present
• SPI, Inc. Trademark Committee Chair, 2005 to present
• Fashion Designer for Pink Saturday, 2007 to 2009
• Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fairs Über Nun, 2005 to present
• 25th Anniversary Co-Chair, 2004
• Produced Michael Lucas' After Valentine's Day mASSacre, February 2004
• Entertainment Goddess and Co-Chairnun for Ba Da Bingo, 2002 to 2004
• Sound Nun and Fashion Designer for Pink Saturday, 2002 to 2004
• Cruise Directrix for the Sisters Spread the Love Tour, November 2002
• Bylaws Committee Member
• Grants Committee Member
• Co-Creatrix of the SPI, Inc. Board Manual
• Co-Creatrix of the SPI, Inc Mark Usage and Identity Style Guide
• Proud Big Sister of Sister Flora Goodthyme and Sister maeJoy B withU
• Proud Mother of Sister Anni Coque l'Doo and Guard Sinthetic Soul
What Are Your Goals & Aspirations
I want to serve the Order in as many positions as I possibly can: I figure I'll start at the top and work my way down. I look back at the Sisters who have gone before me and am amazed, awed and inspired. I want to be able to live up to the standard they have set. I want to be able to do Good Works equal to theirs. And I want to amaze, awe and inspire future generations of Sisters.
The Sisters have had an amazing 30 years of community service, joy and indulgence. I am hopeful that our next 30 years will be even better. I want to see the Sisters increase their connection with the community that we serve. There are a lot of great people doing good work out there. By working together, we make each other stronger. We all need to work together to create the world we want to live in. I want to see the Sisters resume their role as political activists and sacred clowns.Most of all, I want to see the Sisters' message of love and guilt-free indulgence spread all over the world. By loving each other, we make the world a brighter, more magickal place.
More recently, my focus within the Order has been looking at ways that the entire Order can form a more cohesive and effective group. At last count, there were 29 Houses and five Missions in nine different countries. The Sisters, and the Spirit behind us, has spread far and wide. How can we work together as a group while retaining our independence and remaining true to our Vows to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community?
Your Religious Beliefs (If Any)
"The object of the search for religious truth, which is a universal and never-ending search, may be found through the Earth-Mother; which is Nature; but this is one way, yea, one way among many.
And great is the importance, which is of a spiritual importance, of Nature, which is the Earth-Mother; for it is one of the objects of Creation, and with it people do live, yea, even as they do struggle through life they are come face to face with it." - RDNA Tenets
"An it harm none, do what thou will." - The Wiccan Rede
"Love is the law; love under will." - Alastair Crowley
"Nothing is true, everything is permitted." - Hassan Ibn Sabbah
Sister Edith's Guidelines For Life
It is not wise to say no to free drinks, cheap jewelry, discount cosmetics or pretty boys. Or even pretty girls, for that matter.
Cheap lipstick should be avoided at all costs.
The judicious use of glitter can distract the eye from many imperfections.
If you're walking through the park and you're worried about stepping in shit, then all you'll see are piles of crap. Life is too short, darling! Make sure you look at the flowers and the trees and all the gorgeous people in the park. And if you do step in a pile of poo, you can always wash it off.
Make the rules up as you go along; it makes the game more fun to play.
Obey the Fist!
Other People's Words That I Find Instructive
"This is the best way I've found to be the best you've ever seen." - Hedwig
"Being a Powerpuff Girl isn't about getting your way or having the best stuff or being popular or powerful. It's about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in." - Blossom
"QUI MANDVCAT MEVM CARNEM... IN ME MANET EGO IN ILLO." - John 6:57
"OMNIA MVTANTIS NIHIL INTERIT" - Ovid
"FRONTI NVLLA FIDES" - Juvenal
"There's beauty in the darker corners of human behavior if you aren't presuming you'll find light." - Sherilyn Connelly
"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"...control can never be a means to any practical end. It can never be a means to anything but more control." - William S. Burroughs
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." - Margaret Thatcher
"My goal is to always come from a place of love... but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherfucker." - RuPaul
"In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation." - Simone de Beauvoir