Hex the Patriarchy
Today’s visit is more about critical reading than palm reading, but studying the reality of modern-day witches means understanding a complex brew of feminist theory and spiritual practice.
English major Victoria Williams has been to Salem before, but this visit is different. She feels the heightened energy and activity of the city, she says. And when the group meets up with a self-identified witch for a historical walking tour preceded by a Wiccan blessing, she’s introduced to a new, positive interpretation of the word.
“From what I’ve learned today about witches, it’s really opened my eyes to the religious aspects of how they practice,” says Williams. “It just wasn’t something that I thought happened a lot. It’s interesting to see how many people study it and how.”
Caglar takes that sentiment a step further, noting how much the class has changed her perspective on the world.
“I’ve always named myself as a feminist, but now I’ve kind of switched to just calling myself a witch. Even on my Instagram bio it says ‘Witch for Life.’”