I have to agree with Mankey that the term Wiccanate is ridiculous. As he says, "Initiatory or Traditional are pretty good words for describing a particular branch of the Wiccan tree, terms like General, Eclectic, and perhaps even Non-Denominational also get the point across. I haven’t even gotten to the most descriptive terms yet; words like Gardnerian, Dianic, Alexandrian, and Odyssean. All of those terms say plenty. I don’t see why anyone needs to use the term “Wiccanate” as a descriptor."- See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2014/03/wiccanate-i-think-not/#sthash.FKPg6o4H.dpuf
I am in agreement with Mankey that words like eclectic suit just fine, but those to whom the term would refer have often raised objection on the basis that "eclectic" seems to hint at inferiority. I will simply say that there will never be a term which satisfies all involved. Many of those in the Traditional Wiccan communities feel that the term Wicca has been co opted to describe any number of practices which were derived from Wicca but do not include coven initiation and teaching in covens run by lineaged leaders. There are also a good number of "beliefs of one" who scream out for the right to call themselves Wiccan because they have read several books and have the right to make Wicca what they want it to be. Mankey suggests that if we don't like the use of the term Wicca as it is used today that perhaps we should take it up with Llewellyn Publications who has applied the term to so many and various practices in their books. While the point that Llewellyn has been somewhat responsible for the redefinition of Wicca while turning a profit is well taken, the co opting of the word Wicca began long ago before Llewellyn was the force that it is today. Not only did the word get taken and used to mean something that it did not initially describe, many of the ritual forms went along for the ride and got integrated into many practices which don't even refer to themselves as Wicca. Wiccanate just seems to be a somewhat derogatory word. To those it describes it implies "not the real deal" and to Wicca it implies "the hydra which never had a definition and never will".
On the subject of Wiccan privilege, I have to say that this annoys me. The idea is that much of public Pagan life seems to be Wicca-centric. Pagan Pride Day events are often coordinated by nominally Wiccan groups, the venders and seminars seem to cater to Wiccan practice and much of the public seems to have conflated Pagan and Wicca as being synonymous. Pagan is a term which should be able to encompass a large and diverse community of which Wicca is a small (but popularly identified) part. The blame for this "Wiccan privilege" seems to be being leveled at Wicca as a whole, as if it is some plot to keep out other practices. Perhaps the Wicca-man is trying to keep someone down? Let me just go on record and say that a large number of Traditional Wica that I know wish that Wica/Wicca had not been so popularized that it lost its original context. Most of us were happy to not have shows like Charmed, and to have booths at craft faires slinging "Blessed Be" bumperstickers. My point is, if such privilege exists, it was circumstantially created and was not asked for or deliberately done by the Wiccan community at large.
I had a brief conversation with Macha Nightmare at Pantheacon and she told me about a panel in which she took part which centered around a similar beef relating to interfaith work. The idea that groups felt deliberately excluded seems common to both. To both of these conversations, if in fact they really are two conversations and not one, I say, "Get over it". It takes tremendous amounts of work to be involved with things like PPD and interfaith oganizations. Public presence of a large oganization which might deserve the word "privilege" is the effort of many. The sort of time required to be a true public force is significant, and must be balanced with the rest of one's life. It is not the job of event organizers to seek you out and cajole you into participation. If you see an imbalance in perspective, for gods' sake get out there and get involved. If they say you cannot participate I will then entertain your objections. Until then, it's just whining.
Further, just because the term Wicca has been hijacked and used widely, and maybe even by the large number of groups which seem to dominate the public Pagan scene, does not mean that Wicca derives much "priviledge" from it. As a matter of fact, I would argue that being told that your practices are good enough to steal, but the lore and reasons for doing them are not, is a poor example of privilege. Most of the Traditional Wiccan covens which I know personally have limited public presence for a couple of reasons. First, many have retired from public life following the "witch wars" of the 80s and 90s and don't wish to be officially involved with a commuity which offers further potential for drama. Second, they feel that their presence in the public pagan scene may align them with groups which are flighty, nutty or (worse) unethical. Further, to be told that you do not have the right to define your own communities and filter out those who you do not find suitable is often at the center of discussion between traditionalists and eclectics and an argument is seen as helpful to no one. To be told that you have something that we want and we are entitled to have it does not speak of privilege. It sounds like what some Southwest Native Americans have described as the way that they feel about white people with turquoise jewelry and dreamcatchers in their car windows. Would we call them privileged?
I would never suggest that there are not Wiccans, traditional or otherwise, which look down their crooked and warty noses at other Pagans. I would argue that their numbers are no larger than those in other practices who do the same. Ceremonial Magicians often look down their noses at Wicca as being a fad, some Traditional Initiatory Witches look down on Wicca as a New Age "white light" religion for masses of ethically over simplified non-risk-takers, and on and on and on. People will always find a way to make themselves feel imporant by professing the enlightened nature of their beliefs even if they betray their own prejudices by qualifying their statements with "except those people." As Paganism moves toward a seat at the table of world religions, we will become more and more pressed to create clear definitions between this practice and that. If this is undesirable, perhaps proponents of movement toward world religion status might wish to "slow their roll". Looking at Christianity, we can see that one denomination is never satisfied with the doing, thinking and recognition received by another. The infighting within world religions over belief, practice and doctrine are ours to inherit. Lucky lucky us. For those who feel that they are not as well represented in the Pagan community at large, I hope that you will come forward and join the conversation. Without your participation, and maybe even your dissenting voice, nothing will change. There are those who will be eager to listen.