Thanks for the comments! Any and all engagement is greatly appreciated. I just want to make it clear — and it’s undoubtedly my fault that I didn’t make it clear in the first instance — that this piece is less about historicizing those who have practised (and continue to practice) witchcraft, and more about the construction of mainstream public narratives and identification of witches, witchcraft and the supernatural.
It’s about when, why and how we seek to label public figures (and noticing that there’s a considerably high skew towards women) as otherworldly. How we strip away their agency, and how that’s specifically tied to a historicized misogyny (I make a parallel to Christianity here). It’s about how women of power have had the narratives used against them, or gained power through gaining control of the narrative.
Simply put: This piece is not a definition or historical account of witchcraft, its rituals and practices.
This piece is a look at how a mainstream narrative of witchcraft teases out our understanding of feminism, agency and power.
The tone is playful, tongue-in-cheek, and often times facetious (the Becky G ‘Shower’ comments, specifically).