Book: Witches, Sluts, Feminists, Kristen Sollee
“Somehow I made it into adulthood without becoming a vengeful horned villain. Instead I became a feminist.”
Kristen Sollee, founder of Slutist, found that her attempts to negate and undermine the social stigma of the word “slut” and everything associated with it also led her to explore and identify with historical ideas about witchcraft and devilry, eventually posing that although the words were distinct they were just different expressions of the same cultural fear of and contempt for the feminine, sex, and ownership of our own bodies.
In Witches, Sluts, Feminists, Sollee examines how the “witch” (and her associations with the Satanic) evolved into the modern “slut,” and the power of embracing those titles.
Historically, “witch” and “Satanist” were treated as synonyms, and although the modern idea of witchcraft retains some ties to the devil it’s also forged its own cultural and pop cultural identity.
Sollee’s examination of the appeal of embracing stigmatized words, thoughts, imagery, and identities and then using the power of those taboos to your own advantage will resonate with almost any Modern Satanist.
Formal, organized Satanism in America and San Francisco still has a weird film of machismo layered on it thanks to the lingering ghosts of the ’60s, but Witches, Sluts, Feminists illustrates the diversity and power of the true Satan myth in a diverse modern world.