Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a tortuous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of "witch feminism" through art, film, music, fashion, literature, technology, religion, pop culture, and politics. Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book addresses and illuminates contemporary conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more. Author Kristen J. Sollee elucidates the ways in which women have been persecuted for their perceived connection with witchcraft, and how they have fought back, harnessing the legacy of the witch for revolutionary means.
Kristen J. Sollee is an instructor at The New School and founding editrix of Slutist, an award-winning sex positive feminist website.
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"A whirlwind history of the witch in America and her shared history with sexually liberated women and radical liberationary politics." - Kim Kelly, The Guardian
"To understand the current misogynistic political climate--and to learn how women wickedly weathered these storms before--look no further than this book." -- Alex Berg, producer and host at The Huffington Post
"A Must-Read...If you're looking for a thoughtful, informed look at the origins of European witchood and slutdom from past to present, then you have stuck gold with Witches, Sluts, Feminists." - Jessica Reidy, BUST
"Part history, part compendium, part feminist grimoire" - Dianca London Potts, NYLON
"Informative and irreverent...a wonderfully wild flight through herstory. This tome is a gift that celebrates female power, with all of its danger and delight." -- Pam Grossman, curator, teacher of magical practice, and author of What Is A Witch?
"For the first time in my life I felt like I was reading about a history that I was actually part of. -- Jacqueline Frances, author of The Beaver Show and Striptastic!
"This accessible guide is engrossing and succinct. Each chapter is only a few pages, but don't let the slimness of the volume fool you. There are no wasted words, for words have intentions, as we well know, and Sollee provides informative background information in each chapter, slowly building on the history of witches, sex positivity, and feminism." - Nicole Moore, Dear Darkling