Witches have always been figures electric with possibility, feared as menacing hags but also standing as towering images of female rebellion. Trace their wild ride across the centuries, flying on brooms, turning into animals, making spirit journeys, visiting the dead, casting spells, and... read more
“I guess you think you know this story. You don't. The real one's much more gory. The phony one, the one you know, was cooked up years and years ago. And made to sound all soft and sappy just to keep the children happy. - Roald Dahl”
“pg 43. "Onward Christian Solidiers, marching as to war" If the battle against Satan were to be won, women had to be brought into line. And any clear-sighted observer could see at once what God had in mind. "Men have broad shoulders and narrow hips," Luther <Martin> once observed, a sure sign that they had been made for jostling their way through the world. But women, with their broad backsides, had been designed for sitting at home looking after their husbands and children"”
“pg 43 The dour old Calvinist John Knox was even more direct; "Women in her greatest perfection. " he affirmed, "was made to serve and obey man." The only good woman in this brave new world was a chaste, stay-at-home wife, and anyone who resisted this dictum was kindling for God's purifying fire.”
“Final page: More than five hundred years after the first witch flew off a printed page, she continues to haunt our minds, from our first childhood encounter with Disney to our latest cinematic excursion into the shadowy backwoods of Blair township. Perhaps the witch's continuing presence is a sign that, collectively, we still fear the untrameled expression of women's desire. Until the unease is magically laid to rest, the witch will continue her wild ride into the future"”
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