It’s no coincidence that witches and feminism have received more media attention than ever in the past few years. The concurrent rise of pop culture feminism and female (super)power on screen and online is less about manufactured moves for ratings and clickbait than it is about a return to powerful archetypes of femininity. And within this month alone, the topic of witchy feminists raised its head in a major news publication. If you believe in theories of the collective unconscious, then this pairing is rising for a reason. If not, it is, at the very least, impossible to ignore the connections between the two trending topics.
Historically, women who threatened patriarchal rule were deemed witches, whether they were healers or midwives using techniques outside Western medicine or women who amassed too much land, wealth, power or independence. Some of these women themselves identified as witches, some did not. In both cases, being branded with the weighty term was deadly.
Today, women face the same discriminations dressed in different clothes. The word “witch” still carries the essence of feared female power within its syllables, but they have new words to shame us, punish us, and beat us with, too. “Slut” is the most popular epithet to date. Much like being labeled a witch, being labeled a slut is cause for ostracism, rape, assault and even death. And like the identity of “witch,” some women wholeheartedly identify with “slut,” and own it, inside and out, while others only suffer from its slings. “Witches” and “sluts” have been women who dared to venture outside the bounds of patriarchal beliefs and behaviors deemed acceptable for women.
To circle back to Slutist, it’s no coincidence that many of the women involved in the making of this site identify as witches, or at the very least, with the witch archetype. Some make magic and neo-pagan practices part of their daily lives, while others take inspiration from the witch as an icon of femininity and empowerment.
There has been a dearth of feminist events of the darker, heavier variety, so this gathering is long overdue. You won’t find any pink, floral goddess stuff at Saint Vitus — unless that goddess is Kali, Hecate or Freyja. Legacy of the Witch will be a celebration of darkness and light, and, in case you were wondering, you don’t have to be a feminist or a witch or even a woman to come have a good time — there is nothing exclusive about this night.
We do, however, take the abuses of those who came before us seriously. And to do our part to help stop the cycle of abuse, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the limited edition merchandise and art by local artists we are selling to RAINN, a non-profit that helps survivors of rape, abuse, and incest, regardless of gender. So whether you come for the talks, the art, the bands, or the bewitching half-naked women, we hope you’ll come!
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