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Becoming Dangerous
Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist
Edited by Katie West, Edited by Jasmine Elliott, Foreword by Kristen J. Sollée
ISBN: 9781578636709
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
$16.95
5 1/4 x 8
320 pages
April 1, 2019


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“Whether harnessing the power of nature, tarot, crystals and candles or selfies, make up, video games and sex toys, these rebels, sluts, femmes, and witches heal from trauma, challenge institutional racism, dismantle misogyny, and create community. Replete with prose that is at turns revealing, relatable, and bitingly funny, this book lays the groundwork for summoning your own salvation on your own terms.”
Kristen J. Sollée, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive


“This isn’t a book on how to become a witch. Rather, it’s a book about what it means to be a witch, written by women and femmes for whom the word “witch” is as much a part of their identity as their skin, their sexuality, and their gender. Ultimately, though, this is a book about magic, real, operant magic, the kind which changes reality. It’s a book about where that magic comes from, and how queer women and femmes, women of color, and trans women have used it since the dawn of humanity to survive in a world which would just as soon have them enslaved or dead.” —Misha Magdalene, Patheos

The difference between the witch and the layperson is that witches already know they are powerful. The layperson may only suspect.

Edgy and often deeply personal, the twenty-one essays collected here come from a wide variety of writers. Some identify as witches, others identify as writers, musicians, game developers, or artists. What they have in common is that they’ve created personal rituals to summon their own power in a world that would prefer them powerless. Here, they share the rituals they use to resist self-doubt, grief, and depression in the face of sexism, slut shaming, racism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.

Contents

Introduction
Notes from the Editors
Content Warning

  1. Unfuckable—Cara Ellison
  2. Trash-Magic: Signs & Rituals for the Unwanted—Maranda Elizabeth
  3. Uncensoring My Ugliness—Laura Mandanas
  4. Femme as in Fuck You: Fucking with the Patriarchy One Lipstick Application at a Time—Catherine Hernandez
  5. Before I Was a Woman, I Was a Witch—Avery Edison
  6. Undressing My Heart—Gabriela Herstik
  7. Garden—Marguerite Bennett
  8. Reddit, Retin-A, and Resistance: An Alchemist’s Guide to Skincare—Sam Maggs
  9. The Future is Coming for You—Deb Chachra
  10. My Witch’s Sabbath of Short Skirts, Long Kisses, and BDSM—Mey Rude
  11. Buzzcut Season—Larissa Pham
  12. The Harpy—Meredith Yayanos
  13. Fingertips—merritt
  14. Red Glitter—Sophie Saint Thomas
  15. Touching Pennies, Painting Nails—Sim Bajwa
  16. Ritual in Darkness—Kim Boekbinder
  17. Gayuma—Sara David
  18. Pushing Beauty Up Through the Cracks—Katelan Foisy
  19. Ritualising My Humanity—J. A. Micheline
  20. Simulating Control—Nora Khan
  21. I Am, Myself, a Body of Water—Leigh Alexander
Contributors
Acknowledgements

Katie West lives in Scotland and is the owner of Fiction & Feeling publishing company.
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Jasmine Elliott is a freelance editor and writer. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Windsor. She is a lapsed tarot reader and perpetually annoyed queer person currently based in Toronto. You can read her reviews of young adult literature at dictura.com.
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Kristen J. Sollée is the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists.
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