Instead of stocking up on stretch velvet and spike heels (or maaaybe in addition to), Slutist wants to commemorate a few of our favorite feminist witches on this, the blackest of Fridays.
One of the leading academics lecturing on mysticism and the occult in art and culture, Pam pronounced 2013 the year of the witch (or, the enchanting, empowered woman).
With her inimitable witchy energy and feminist attitude, what hasn’t already been said about Stevie’s contributions to music and fashion? Her approach to being a woman in the music industry can be easily applied to all aspects of life: “When we walk into the room, we have to walk in with a big attitude. Which does not mean a snotty conceited attitude. But it means like we have to float in like goddesses, because that is how we want to be treated. And we will never not be invited to the party, because we are women.”
Born in New Orleans in 1801, the life of this infamous voodoo priestess is steeped in legend. In The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, author Ina Fandrich explains Laveaux’s role as a “voodoo feminist” and “the quintessential figure within a larger movement: the emergence of influential free women of color, women conjurers of African or racially mixed origin … [with] a deep commitment to the spirits of their ancestors.”
Actress Maila Nurmi exuded an otherworldly sensuality that went beyond her iconic character Vampira. In an interview with Bizarre, Maila admits her mother was a witch, and that she inherited some of her psychic powers of perception.
A serious student of the occult and opera, this golden goddess fronted Coven, a Chicago psych rock band formed in 1969 that paved the way for countless acts in the goth/doom/occult pantheon.
Known as the Official Witch of Salem, Laurie has written multiple books on witchcraft. 1990’s Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment delves into witchcraft as an early and important form of Feminism.