Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
|Author:||Kristen J. Sollee|
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.
Author has published in and contact with editors at BUST Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Huffington Post, Vice/Broadly, Lenny Letter, RookieBUST Magazine is already slated to publish an excerpt in October, and Bustle has expressed an interest as well. Galleys/e-galleys sent to national media outlets, trade publications, and adult and men's lifestyle websites and reviewers.Social Media campaign focused on excerpts from the book, mentions on Reddit, BuzzFeed, Vice.com, and LGBT focused forums.Giveaways with Goodreads, prizes
"A whirlwind history of the witch in America and her shared history with sexually liberated women and radical liberationary politics." - Kim Kelly, The Guardian "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 "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
Kristen J. Sollee teaches undergraduate gender studies courses at The New School and is the founding editrix of Slutist, an award-winning sex positive feminist website. Her popular Legacy of the Witch charity festival in Brooklyn honors the witch as an icon of female power and persecution through music, art and burlesque.
1. Introduction2. What Is A Witch?3. Witch Quiz/Witch Lexicon4. Witch Slut Are You? The Medieval To The Modern5. Art Witch6. The Midwife7. Political Witch8. Tricks of the Tongue: Language As Spell9. #SolidarityIsForWhiteWitches10. Salem's Legacy11. Sex Witch: Broomsticks To Chakrubs12. The Spell of Seduction: Sex Work & The Sacred Whore13. Queer Witch14. Undressing The Witch: Fashion & Film 15. Selling Out The Witch16. The Feminine Mystic: Pagan Practitioners17. Tech Witch: The Digital Mystical18. Conclusion