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Cat Call
Reclaiming the Feral Feminine (An Untamed History of the Cat Archetype in Myth and Magic)
Kristen J. Sollée
ISBN: 9781633411227
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Weiser Books
$16.95
September 1, 2019


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“Just like a cat itself, Sollee has eyes that see the dark corners of civilization others miss. In Cat Call, Sollee uses the cat to claw open aspects of humanity others are too scared to investigate, from kink, to feminist politics, to viral feline stars that demonstrate the cat is still worshipped by humans from all walks of life. She flips the cat call on itself by dismantling patriarchal uses of the feline to discredit the intimidating power of the pussy while gifting us with a book that leaves you eager to embrace your personal cat power.”—Sophie Saint Thomas, sex writer, witch, and author of Finding Your Higher Self: Your Guide to Cannabis for Self-Care

Interweaving historical research, pop culture, and original interviews, Kristen Sollée reclaims the cat archetype as a source of feminine identify and sexual power.

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 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.

From the “crazy cat lady” unbowed by patriarchal prescriptions to the coveted sex kitten to the dreadful crone and her yowling compatriot, feminine feline archetypes reveal the ways in which women have been revered and reviled around the world—in Greek and Egyptian mythology, the European witch trials, Japanese folklore, and contemporary film.

By combining historical research, pop culture, art analyses, and original interviews, Cat Call explores the cat and its indivisible connection to femininity and teases out how this connection can help us better understand the relationship between myth, history, magic, womanhood in the digital age, and our beloved, clawed companions.

Kristen J. Sollée is the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists.
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