Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine
The cat: A sensual shapeshifter. A hearth keeper, aloof, tail aloft, stalking vermin. A satanic accomplice. A beloved familiar. A social media darling. A euphemism for reproductive parts. An epithet for the weak. A knitted—and contested—hat on millions of marchers, fists in the air, pink pointed ears poking skyward. Cats and cat references are ubiquitous in art, pop culture, politics, and the occult, and throughout history, they have most often been coded female.
Cat Call is a wide-ranging feminist exploration of the cat archetype that combines historical research, pop culture, art analyses, and original interviews to tease out the connections between myth, history, magic, womanhood in the digital age, and our beloved, clawed companions.
Out September 1, 2019 on Weiser Books.
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a tortuous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of “witch feminism.” Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book enriches contemporary conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more.
“Informative and irreverent...a wonderfully wild flight through herstory. This tome is a gift that celebrates female power, with all of its danger and delight.” — Pam Grossman, curator, teacher of magical practice, and author of What Is A Witch?
A Must-Read…It’s a scintillating, wry, and accessibly academic overview of the witch archetype” – Jessica Reidy, BUST
“For the first time in my life I felt like I was reading about a history that I was actually part of. — Jacqueline Frances, author of The Beaver Show and Striptastic!