Wednesday, February 07, 2007

You Sexy Witch - 2

No, it's not a porn site but a light-hearted collection of pop-culture witch images.

'Salem Witch,' a World War II American bomber.
Here is some World War II bomber "nose art," for instance.

Some of the images, such as those of Fiona Horne, are not work-safe, however.

I want to see the Halloween party hats mentioned in the upcoming book on Pagan material culture (or on material-culture theory as applied to Paganism) in our Pagan studies series.

Two other issues connect here, at the very least.

One is the idea of the body as "nature" and hence as a locus of nature religion, which I broached in Her Hidden Children but about which a lot more could be said.

Then there is also the complex of reasons why "witch" is typically gendered as female. (And what sort of female?)

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Blogger Dawnpiper said...

upcoming book on Pagan material culture
Ooh - do tell!

Thanks for the link - looks like a fun site.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

I don't have a publication date yet for it, but the author is Douglas Cowan, who wrote Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans on the Internet (Routledge 2005).

An excerpt from that book: "The Mists of Cyberhenge: Mapping the Modern Pagan Internet," The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, 7, 1 (2005): 59-97.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it typical for a stereotyping of females to have two sides, those being the "good" who are good-looking and the "bad/evil" who are ugly? And didn't this already play out on that Tyra Banks episode? *gags*

But it seems to me like calling someone a "witch" normally meant "bitchy and ugly", and it's far more common for women to be called names for not being pretty enough or for being too assertive.

Not that I'm a bug-up-her-butt feminist, but hey, it got me thinking about those things.

8:36 PM  

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