TST NYC hosted the first in our new Lecture Series on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at Brooklyn’s excellent Catland Books. Proceeds from this event went to the legal support fund for TST’s Religious Reproductive Rights campaign.
Witch Feminism, a Brief History – Kristen Sollée
Kristen J. Sollée is a lecturer at The New School and founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist arts and culture website. Her first book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive was called a “Must Read” by BUST and described in The Guardian as “a whirlwind history of the witch in America and her shared history with sexually liberated women and radical liberationary politics.”
In this illustrated lecture, Kristen J. Sollée traces the history of “witch feminism” from Early Modern Europe to the present. With an eye specifically on female sexuality, she will delve into the links between witches, midwifery, and reproductive rights; the transformation of witch hunting into slut shaming; and the role of the witch in feminist activism and politics over the past century. With art, literature, film and popular culture as a backdrop, this talk will peel back layers of misinformation and misogyny to chart the witch’s development from diabolical sorceress to symbol of sexual and intellectual liberation.
From TST’s Religious Reproductive Rights website:
TEXAS RULE ON FETAL REMAINS
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services plans to enforce new rules that require that fetal tissue must be buried or cremated and can no longer be disposed of in sanitary landfills as they are in every other state.
The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history. In addition, members of The Satanic Temple believe in the inviolability of the body and, as such, these rules contradict our fundamental beliefs. The First Amendment protects our right to practice our beliefs, and under the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA), the State must present a compelling reason for why they want to enforce rules that inhibit adherence to our religious practices. Clearly, the State of Texas has no compelling reason because these rules were not enacted to promote health and safety, but rather to harass and burden women who terminate their pregnancies.
For these reasons, members of The Satanic Temple are not required to comply with the Texas rule on fetal remains. Nevertheless, we will require legal support to protect the rights of our members.
THE SATANIC TEMPLE (TST) has filed both state and federal lawsuits against the state of Missouri on behalf of Mary Doe, a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. Missouri law requires that all women seeking to lawfully terminate their pregnancy must be given reading material claiming that life begins at conception, and they must endure a 72-hour waiting period between their initial appointment and their actual abortion procedure. TST objects to these restrictions on religious grounds because they violate our belief in the inviolability of one’s body.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RUN?
A virtual run works like this:
1. Register for the run at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-run-for-reproductive-rights-tickets-30992509430
2. At any time before or on the run day (April 29) run/walk/bike/elliptical the distance that you want at the location that is most convenient for you
3. Once you’ve finished, post your distance and time as a comment on this page
4. About two weeks after the run day your medal will be delivered to you
Be sure to register early! If you want a medal you must register before April 1st. After April 1st we won’t be ordering any more medals.
Health and Safety Waiver:
In consideration of participating in The Satanic Temple’s virtual run for Reproductive Rights, you agree to assume all risks inherent in participation in such a program, whether they are apparent to you or not. You certify that you are in good physical health and fit to participate. Nevertheless, you acknowledge that participation carries an inherent risk of injury to your person and damage to your property. You hereby waive and release, for yourself and for your heirs and assigns, any and all claims, causes of action, or liabilities which may hereafter accrue against The Satanic Temple, and its affiliates, their agents, employees, volunteers, officers, directors, successors and assigns, and any and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, that may arise as a result of your participation in The Satanic Temple’s virtual run for Reproductive Rights, including any and all claims for personal injuries caused by The Satanic Temple’s negligence.
Lauren Duca covered The Sabbat Cycle; Awaken in NYC. In the article she mentions speaking with one of our members from NYC, while also noting she did not run into many Satanists. We were there, quite a few of us. We were engaged in the performance and mingling. Being elusive is Satanic. It was otherwise our favorite article on the event thus far.
Feature image credit; Vice Magazine