Let’s Talk About Witch Hunts
The infuriating audacity of a despotic man talking about a “witch hunt”
Yes, let’s talk about witch hunts.
Witches were women.
Witch hunters & witch killers were men.
Witches Were Healers
Witches healed the sick, delivered babies, and largely kept to themselves.
Witches served the function of healers, fortunetellers, midwives, birth doulas and even death doulas. Witches taught young girls how to deal with their menses, and helped middle-aged women deal with peri-menopause. Witches were advocates for women’s needs.
Witches were women who didn’t want to be married off to the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker. Witches were lesbians, rebellious daughters, asexual women, survivors of sexual assault and free spirits who aspired to more than being a man’s cook & servant.
Why They Were Hunted
When the Catholic religion spread through Europe, the priests saw witches as a nuisance. As unwelcome competition. Rather than come to Church and say their prayers to cure a gangrene, villagers were consulting the village witch. This just wouldn’t do.
So priests, bishops and cardinals spread malicious lies about witches. And men hunted the witches, and burned them alive.
Witch hunts proved convenient for abusers and molesters to silence their victims. Witch hunts were useful for unfaithful men to rid themselves of inconvenient wives.
And after the witches were gone, sex, birth, death, disease and mental illness became the province of the Church.
The Absolute Height of Grotesque Appropriation
For a wealthy, powerful, entitled old white male Emperor-wannabe at the very pinnacle of capitalist patriarchal power, bolstered by male oligarchs and a literal army of angry white men, to claim he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” is the absolute height of grotesque appropriation.
A tyrant who ruled with vitriol and petty malice, a self-centered despot who stepped on anyone who displeased, an oppressor of minorities and abuser of women using the words “witch hunt” to cowardly slime his way out of any accountability is the most infuriating audacity.