In Defence of Witches
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A dynamic feminist polemic arguing that the aftermath of the witch hunts continues today: the same reasons for which women were demonized in the past - being single, ageing, deciding to not have children - lead to them be persecuted now.
'Intriguing' - Sunday Times'A rousing read' - Irish Times'A bright light of Francophone feminism' - New York TimesRenowned journalist Mona Chollet recasts the witch as a powerful role model: an emblem of strength, free to exist beyond the narrow limits society imposes on women.Taking three archetypes from historic witch hunts - independent women, women who avoid having children and women who embrace ageing - Chollet examines how women today have the same charges levelled against them. She calls for justice in healthcare, challenging the gender imbalance in science and questioning why female bodies are still controlled by men.Rich with popular culture, literary references and media insights, In Defence of Witches is a vital addition to the cultural conversation around women, witches and the misogyny that has shaped the world they live in.With a foreword by Carmen Maria Machado and translated from French by Sophie R. Lewis.
Format: Paperback / softback