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Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Paperback – June 20, 2017
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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
About the Author
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996485279
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996485272
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : ThreeL Media (June 20, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As always, we should consider all viewpoints and decide for ourselves what's true or not. Not everyone will agree with her perspective, but that's all right. It's better to read something and decide whether you agree or disagree than to simply write off something sight unseen. The point of books like these is to create dialogues among people so we can begin discovering our similarities and what we agree about, rather than fighting about how different we are and how much we disagree about. And I think this book does a great job doing just that.
I think more guys should read these types of books with open minds and start discovering that feminism in all its forms isn't some radical new idea or extreme value system. It's an ancient concept about equality, and people (not just women) living by these values have been persecuted since time immemorial--and it's time to stop viewing feminism as something dangerous or ugly, and start finding out for ourselves what happens to people who are treated as "others"...and start thinking about where we've went wrong, and how we can help ourselves by reexamining our own behaviors as individuals and as a society, lest these atrocities continue.
Anyway, it's a good little book. I've suggested it to many friends, but of course, few of the male gender agree to read it. Do yourself a favor and don't be That Guy. It's worth your time and care.
Throughout the entirety of this book Sollée supports her writing with a multitude of factual testimony. She gives a hefty background on women and their involuntary fight with misogyny in all domains but particularly stemming from the occult. In the chapter, “Witch Slut Are You? The Medieval to the Modern,” she references how Christianity during the first millennium willingly discarded logic and instead relied on the accusation that women were witches and to blame for the black plague that wiped out a third of Europe (22). Proceeding through the pages of this chapter, she brings us up to date with the modern equivalent. She writes, “Women remain demonized in the third millennium. In America, they are persecuted in public and in private spheres by individual men and entire bodies of male legislators. They are targets of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and laws limiting reproductive rights and abortion access (27-28)” emphasizing the prevalent and age-old misogyny rule women have been forced to contend with.
In addition, Sollée does a great job illuminating the witch as an approachable being in her first chapter “Witches, Sluts, Feminists.” Where she personifies the witch by expressing, “...there are multiple ways to be a witch or identify with the witch. Some take part in spiritual or occult practice with a group—or fly solo. Some are inspired by the witch as an archetype and eschew the ritual and spiritual all together. Many view the witch as the embodiment of a powerful femininity rooted in the earth, which transcends patriarchal influence (19).” Sollée essentially cripples the wicked witch mantra we’ve come to know through societal belief and presents a more digestible, multifaceted witch to grasp at.
Sollée also responds to the ever-present persecution surrounding women’s sexuality, how their sexuality has been criticized over the years and still is in today’s modern society. She opens up this conversation in the beginning of the book where she states, “For centuries, the word “witch” has been used to punish women and police female sexuality. Now, “slut” has become the damning epithet that is de rigueur. The names and punishments may have changed, but many of the same oppressive attitudes and behaviors toward women that were prevalent during the early modern witch hunts persist (13).” Asserting that women and their sexuality are still in the crosshairs, regardless of what word has been reupholstered or what millennium we’re currently residing in. She continues this intriguing dialogue throughout the book. And in the chapter, “Queering the Witch: Porn, Pleasure and Representation,” where there are mentions of female witches engaging in “satanic sex” with male devils and other outlandish accusations against women (98), is a prime example of the misogyny women have had to endure and how its been used to construe and condemn women’s sexual proclivities. Highlighting the sex positive connotation ingrained within this book.
Overall Sollée was able to develop a composition that offers real substance in the realm of “Witches, Sluts” and “Feminists.” I recommend reading this book if sex positivity or an adept prelude into the history of feminism and witches peak an interest. I don’t recommend reading this if you have no real curiosity towards the occult or feminism because this will make for a taxing and perplexing read. Also keep in mind this book in general isn’t necessarily a novice read by any means. It is a very dense and intermediate piece of writing that I highly suggest be read in segments and with an open mind. Personally, coming from a religious background where witchcraft and the occult have always been deemed taboo, I realized early on I needed to adopt a more universal perspective to really read between the lines. To say the least, this definitely was an interesting read for me. But despite all that, I still found myself resonating with Sollée throughout the book and you may too.
Top reviews from other countries
I hadn't really considered the implications of witch hunting as a feminist issue before picking up this book and now I'm just so mad that women have been persecuted for so very very long for some very basic stuff.
This book has loads of amazing sounding sources that I'm definitely going to be checking out when I can! If you're into feminism, or witchcraft, or sex positivity, read this.
I wonder if the jokes about mother-in-laws are also a remnant of the attacks on witches and crones in the past?
A brilliant starting point for anyone interested in women's history (and present) in the white western world.
Its american so thats it source reference, but this introduced me to artists and activists I had not previously encountered.