Witch Feminism (02:36)
The witch is the martyr mascot for the recent feminist movement on gender equality. Kristen Sollee argues that one needs to understand the misogyny behind the witch hunts in order to understand sexism and offer liberation.
What Is a Witch? (02:01)
Destructive nature mother goddesses in mythology include Isis, Kali, and Inanna. Women in Abrahamic religions such as Lilith and Eve tend to take on sinister roles.
"Malleus Maleficarum": Background (02:48)
Inspirations include Christian theology, Bubonic Plague, and the printing press. The midwife, fornicator, and adulteress are the three most likely types of women to be a witch.
"Malleus Maleficarum": Midwife (02:21)
Sollee describes the role and provides quotations from prominent American politicians who are misinformed about reproductive functions.
"Malleus Maleficarum": Fornicator (03:43)
Reasons to execute women of witchcraft include promiscuity, pre-marital sex, non-normative sex, and masturbation. "Lesbians in Early Modern Spain" examines the fear of women appropriating male power and lesbian sexuality. The FOSTA-SESTA bill makes discussing consensual sex work on the Internet synonymous with on-line sex-trafficking.
Empowered Feminist (05:16)
Sollee discusses the shift of the witch paradigm, including Matilda Joslyn Gage, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "Bewitched," and the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell. "I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem" portrays Tituba as an epic protagonist.
Present Day (03:45)
Witch hunts continue in Papua, Tanzania, India, and Ghana. Women Not Witches, an organization created by Amnesty International, helps those persecuted. Social justice groups in America include Hoodwitch, Satanic Temple, and a new generation of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell.
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