‘Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring The Sex Positive’

    Date: 10/22/2016

    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Location: Tarot Society Gallery & Reading Room (4 Charles Pl., Brooklyn)

    Price: $10

    The witch is a shapeshifter, transforming from goddess to ghoul, healer to hag, and advocate to adversary based upon who seeks her. Throughout history, she has both challenged and reflected patriarchal narratives about female power, and has thus become one of the most enduring feminist icons of all time. In this illustrated lecture, Kristen Sollee — author of the upcoming book Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring The Sex Positive — will trace the history of “witch feminism” from Early Modern Europe to the present. With an eye specifically on female sexuality, she will delve into the links between witches, midwifery, and reproductive rights; the transformation of witch hunting into slut shaming; and the role of the witch in feminist activism and politics over the past century. With art, literature, film and popular culture as a backdrop, this talk will peel back layers of misinformation and misogyny to chart the witch’s development from diabolical sorceress to symbol of sexual, psychological, and metaphysical liberation. Kristen Sollee is the founder and editrix of the sex positive website Slutist, and teaches a college course on the feminist history of the witch at The New School. Her upcoming book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring The Sex Positive will be released by Three L Media in early 2017.

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