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Who burned the witches?

Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
one week ago
1,652 posts

This is interesting!

For years, feminist scholars have argued that witch hunts were inspired by a reactionary, misogynistic church. But new scholarship, like Lyndal Roper’s “Witch Craze,” reveals that the real villains were the neighbors.

Salon: Who burned the witches?




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Tatiana Dokuchic
@tatiana-dokuchic
one week ago
1,652 posts

When you think about it, this makes perfect sense:

Witch hunts were a collaboration between lower-level authorities and commonfolk succumbing to garden-variety pettiness, vindictiveness, superstition and hysteria. Seen that way, it's a pattern that recurs over and over again in various forms throughout human history, whether or not an evil international church or a ruthless patriarchy is involved, in places as different as Seattle and Rwanda.




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