Why W.I.T.C.H. (The Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell) Needs To Make A Comeback

Why W.I.T.C.H. (The Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell) Needs To Make A Comeback

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The Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell or W.I.T.C.H. was a short-lived feminist group active from 1968 to 1970 as part of the second-wave feminists groups who ruled over the 1960s and 70s. Formed from the ashes of the NYRW (New York Radical Women), W.I.T.C.H. was a wide group of "covens" openly dedicated to feminism and socialism.

It was allegedly created in New York City, when female supporters of men being investigated by the House of Un-American Activities Committee decided that a witch hunt should have real witches. They soon began dressing up for HUAC hearings accordingly. Besides that, witches have always been a sign of wild and unabashed feminine empowerment. While there is no proof the women actually had magical abilities, their entire persona fit the bill.

There was no centralized group, instead, these separate covens acted as satellite groups. These groups would protest in black clothing and witch costumes, chanting and shrieking hexes at their opponents.

Some common targets were feminism based, such as beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Others were more political, i.e. Chase Bank, politicians, Wall Street, and public transportation fare hikes, and they were somewhat effective in their hexes. Their first protest was on Halloween in 1968. They staged a public hex of Wall Street, and managed to cause a decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average the next day.

In 1969, the day after Valentine's Day, W.I.T.C.H. hosted simultaneous protests at bridal fairs in New York City and San Francisco. Dressed as witches and black-veiled brides, they chanted "Confront the Whore-makers!," and sang, "Here come the slaves. Off to their graves." They carried signs saying "Here Comes the Bribe" and passed out leaflets that stated, "Marriage is a dehumanizing institution -- legal whoredom for women... A woman is taught from infancy that her only real goal in life is to fulfill the role of wife and mother of male heirs. She is allowed an identity only as an appendage to a man.... The wedding ceremony is the symbolic ritual of our legal transference from father's property to husband's property." At the New York show, they even released numerous white mice.


No problem was too small for W.I.T.C.H. Covens in Boston hexed bars while others in D.C. hexed the presidential inauguration. On January 1969, women at the University of Chicago hexed the chairman of the Sociology Department for firing a popular female professor at the college. A separate coven in Chicago later hexed the Chicago Transit Authority to protest a fare hike, chanting:

"Witches round the circle go to hex the causes of our woe. We the witches now conspire to burn CTA in freedoms' fire. Bankers gall, politicians guile, Daley's jowl, lackey's smile, trustee's toe, bondholder's liar, these we cast into our fire. Meetings held, messages sealed, when the fare hike is revealed, we, the people, are the prey of the demon, CTA...."

While a bit problematic (given its cliche, racist mysticism of gypsy people; and non-gender-inclusive speech) the W.I.T.C.H. manifesto is packed with a whole lot of empowerment and forward thinking (for the 1970s). It pulls no punches, pronouncing:

"WITCH is an all-women Everything. It's theater, revolution, magic, terror, joy, garlic flowers, spells. It's an awareness that witches and gypsies were the original guerrillas and resistance fighters against oppression -- particularly the oppression of women -- down through the ages. Witches have always been women who dared to be: groovy, courageous, aggressive, intelligent, nonconformist, explorative, curious, independent, sexually liberated, revolutionary. Witches were the first Friendly Heads and Dealers, the first birth control practitioners and abortionists, the first alchemists (turn dross into gold and you devalue the whole idea of money!). They bowed to no man, being the living remnants of the oldest culture of all -- one in which men and women were equal sharers in a truly cooperative society, before the death-dealing sexual, economic, and spiritual repression of the Imperialist Phallic Society took over and began to destroy nature and human society."

If any of this resonates with you, W.I.T.C.H. would welcome you. In the leaflets they circulated, it stated:

"If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a Witch. You make your own rules. You are free and beautiful. You can be invisible or evident in how you choose to make your witch-self known. You can form your own Coven of sister Witches (13 is a cozy number for a group) and do your own actions... You are a Witch by saying aloud, "I am a Witch" three times, and thinking about that. You are a Witch by being female, untamed, angry, joyous, and immortal."

Isn't it about time for a W.I.T.C.H. revival? In the words of W.I.T.C.H: "We are WITCH. We are WOMAN. We are LIBERATION. WE are WE."


Sources:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/bring_back_the_...

http://www.uic.edu/orgs/cwluherstory/jofreeman/fem...

https://www.cataloguemagazine.com.au/blog/news/the...

http://2012diaries.blogspot.com/2012/12/witch-wome...

http://www.jofreeman.com/photos/witch.html

http://nymag.com/news/politics/46802/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Internatio...


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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

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Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

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"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

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What and how are double standards hurting our society?
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Why is that when a female has many sexual partners she is considered a slut, but when a male does it he is celebrated as a king? Why is it when a male wears makeup or paints his nails his shunned by the world, but when a girl does it she looks bomb? How can the pope support ending the gender gap, but refuse to allow women to hold spiritual leadership roles? It’s because we live in a world filled with double standards.

What is a double standard? Merriam-Webster states it’s “a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.” We see in our society that there are many double standards between races, religions, sexualities, and genders.

Many double standards are hurting our country and even our world. Many people are blind to the double standards that plague our community especially if isn’t affecting them, while some just accept these as okay in our society, but they aren't okay. Here a few double standards that are seen in today's society.

Gender.

  • Women are paid less than men for doing the same exact job.
  • If a man cries he is considered weak, while it’s alright for a woman to do so.
  • When a male is sexually harassed by a woman he is lucky, while it happens to women it’s considered rape (I’m not denouncing rape that happens to women)
  • If a woman asserts any kind of dominance she’s a bitch, but if a guy does it he’s a leader.

Religion.

  • If someone of Muslim faith kills someone the headlines are “Muslim Terrorist Strikes Again!”, but they never announce if the killer was a Christian. They say he was a “lone wolf”
  • If a Christian teacher tried to make the class pray it would be okay, and millions would support them, but if a Muslim teacher tried that the world would go crazy.
  • the KKK (who are “Christians”) is okay, they can recruit through their website which isn’t blocked in any way and even endorsed our current president

Race.

  • If a black person does anything they seem suspicious, but when white people do it, it’s okay.
  • When NFL teams win big games their fans destroy cities, but if any peaceful protest happens it’s a riot and police decide to throw tear gas.
  • If a white person uses weed their considered a stoner, but if a black person does it they’re a criminal.

Sexuality.

  • if a straight couple does anything it’s normal. If a gay couple does it, it’s an abomination.
  • Straight couples can mistreat their own kids and it be okay, but if a gay couple wants to adopt a kid all hell breaks loose.

Weight.

  • If some bigger over eats their considered fat, and unhealthy, but if a thinner person over eats no one says a word.

Of course, there are so many other double standards that affect other groups of people, but just having these few is too many. We have to do something about this! If we allow one group of people to do something we must allow all other groups to do so as well. This must change to allow everyone to feel equal if we claim to be an equal opportunity country.

It isn't impossible to change these double standards as we have seen double standards in the past be changed. such as a male could be a doctor, but a women couldn't. Or even a white person holding a higher position in work and black person couldn't. Therefore, we see a change can happen, but only if we choose to make it happen.

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