PODCAST: The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft is coming soon to a town near you

Meghan Murphy speaks with Sister Dandelion about the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft and the controversy surrounding it.

Earlier this month, a number of media outlets published pieces about a new “lesbian-run church” having been officially recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organization and a church, giving it tax exempt status. But the news wasn’t only of interest to the media for tax purposes… At Forbes, Peter J. Reilly explained that the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft was controversial on account of an ongoing “conflict” between “radical feminists and the transgender community.” Other sites, like the Advocate, Pink News, Them, Pride, and Reason outright labelled the Church “transphobic,” “anti-transgender,” and a “TERF church” on account of their female-only policy.

Their website explains:

“A Woman is an adult female human. A Girl is a minor female human. The Pussy Church serves Women and Girls only. Males are not permitted to participate, regardless of how they identify. We expressly reject the concepts of gender identity, transgenderism, and gender as being meaningful to defining what a Woman or Girl is.”

In this episode, I speak with Sister Dandelion, a co-founder and trustee of the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft. Sister Dandelion is a poet and priestess, she has been practicing witchcraft and reading the Tarot for 25 years. She honors Z Budapest, Starhawk, and Susun Weed as her witchcraft mentors and foresisters. As a radical feminist, Sister Dandelion has organized and collaborated with women on issues such as male violence, reproductive freedom and women’s health, lesbian liberation, and the creation of woman-loving culture in the context of a woman-hating system.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Maeve

    Wonderful! I miss my days of being with women like this, and I’m in the middle of forming and leading women-only groups that focus on corporeal craft and body.

  • Jen Miller

    This church sounds great! I admit I tuned in expecting to have a laugh, and was surprised and impressed by how witty, passionate and compelling “Sister Dandelion” turned out to be! It’s frustrating but not surprising that these women are being vilified simply for putting women first, but I’m encouraged by the many women taking an interest nonetheless.

  • As an organizer, for years I’ve thought religion was the only possible way to protect women against the misogynist movement, since free speech didn’t seem to protect anything but religion still has some protections in the US. This fits very well with the witchcraft and Goddess traditions of the Second Wave. “What needs nourished” is a reasonable motto, though I suspect some kinds of nourishment will be more practiced than others….

  • Zoë Lafantaisie

    Can’t wait to see how this grows into a beautiful women’s movement. It’s SO exciting!!

  • Tessa Anne

    I may yet become a religious woman!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Definitely not them… What website did you look at?

  • Meghan Murphy

    This appears to be a different ‘pussy church’… Here is their website: https://pussychurchofmodernwitchcraft.com/