Uncanny Powers Are a Feminist Issue
February 25, 2015
Commenter RY steers us to another contender for our series of classic sentences from a certain newspaper:
Witchcraft – and the embrace of “magical” practices, like reading tarot cards – has recently experienced a resurgence of sorts among young, creative, politically engaged women.
Ah, you didn’t see that coming.
The bearer of this hitherto suppressed knowledge is Ms Sady Doyle, who further enlightens us,
Women in the US have been harnessing its power for decades as a “spiritual but not religious” way to express feminist ambitions.
A popular Tumblr blog, Charmcore, purports to be run by three witch sisters; it gives sarcastic “magical” advice and praise of the female celebrities it deems to be “obvious witches.” On the more serious side, teen sensation Rookie magazine has published tarot tutorials along with more standard-issue feminist and fashion advice, and Autostraddle, a popular left-leaning blog for young queer women, has an in-house tarot columnist.
Yes, all that. And furthermore,
Tarot cards are available in trendy Brooklyn knick-knack shops and Urban Outfitters, as well as New Age stores. And these days, no one thinks there’s anything weird about herbal medicine and other potions.
Apparently, there are also “witchcore” punk bands. And – and - if even more proof were needed, a book:
Mixed in with the spells and rituals of The Spiral Dance, you will find meditations on sexual violence, ecology and anarchist group building, and thoughts on how men can overcome patriarchal conditioning in order to participate effectively in leftwing activism.
Clearly, it’s a vibrant and thrusting cultural force, a subversive political juggernaut, one that will topple The Patriarchal Hegemon™ any day now. It’s game over, man. No, there’s no time to collect your belongings, we must flee to the escape pods.