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VIR Update 4

From Witches, Midwives and Nurses, by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

“In locale and timing, the most virulent witch hunts were associated with periods of great social upheaval shaking feudalism at its roots–mass peasant uprisings and conspiracies, the beginnings of capitalism, and the rise of Protestantism…witchcraft represented a female-led peasant rebellion.”

“Our enemy is not just “men” or their individual male chauvinism: It is the whole class system which enabled male, upper class healers to win out and which forced us into subservience.  Institutional sexism is sustained by a class system which supports male power.”

“Professionalism is–by definition–elitist and exclusive, sexist, racist and classist.”

(Images from “The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power” by Vicki Noble, “Ariadne’s Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic” by Shekhinah Mountainwater, “The Witches’ Craft” by Raven Grimassi, “Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries” by Ruth Barrett)

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