People love witches
They also hate them. That's why they're fascinating and that's why I write about them
Did you ever wonder why the witches who were executed during the witch trials were tortured before they were killed? I mean, if they deserved to die, why torture them beforehand? Why not just get the job done?
Because toxic masculinity, folks. Yeah, I know that’s a fancy 21st century term for misogyny, but hear me out. That toxicity, that poisonous hatred of women, has been a feature of human civilization for a long, long time. Women are hated for being temptresses, hags, bitches, whores, spinsters, loudmouths, and harpies. They’re hated for being beautiful, ugly, seductive, angry, capable, helpless, sexy, and unfuckable. I mean, there’s just so many reasons to hate women! And the figure of the witch encircles all of those aspects and archetypes.
The two German dudes who penned the Malleus Maleficarum, aka The Hammer of Witches, a 15th century witch hunting manual, famously wrote: “All witchcraft stems from carnal desire, which is, in women, insatiable.” Yes, women become witches because, apparently, they enjoy sex. That seems to be the motivation behind their evil deed, the reason they form covens and eat babies and destroy crops and make men impotent and kiss the devil’s arse by the light of the full moon.
Speaking of the moon, it’s a new moon, and witches around the world are doing one last binding of the current President of the United States at midnight. After that, we might wind down with a glass of wine and some cheese curds or a hunk of bread, then kick back and watch some Netflix. We’ll wait, with everyone else, to see what happens next. Then we’ll keep working toward a better future. I mean, that’s what I’m going to do; I don’t speak for every witch out there.
Going forward I’ll be writing here about witchcraft and the occult in movies, TV and other media. I hope you’ll check out my words and join me here. Stay safe out there.