What’s Current: Witches Eve

  • This Halloween, we’re thinking about sisterhood and sorcery. From Andrea Dworkin’s Our Blood:

“Halloween is the appropriate time to commit ourselves to this revolutionary sisterhood. On this night we remember our dead. On this night we remember together that nine million women were killed because men said that they were carnal, malicious, and wicked. On this night we know that they live now through us. Let us together rename this night Witches’ Eve. Let us together make it a time of mourning: for all women who are victims of gynocide, dead, in jail, in mental institutions, raped, sterilized against their wills, brutalized. And let us on this night consecrate our lives to developing the revolutionary sisterhood — the political strategies, the feminist actions — which will stop for all time the devastating violence against us.”

  • Beauty pageant contestants in Peru spoke out against femicide, listing statistics about male violence against women in place of their measurements.
  • Black girls in the UK and US are treated as less innocent than their white peers; they tend to be sexualized by adults at younger ages, and face harsher punishments from authority figures.
  • NPR’s editorial director has been accused of sexual harassment by two women.
  • Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.