Radical Women & Stereotypes, With Sophie Strand & Amanda Yates Garcia
Throughout history, women who have not conformed to societal expectations or who were deemed too powerful have been demonised and mischaracterised. In this session we will take a historical lens and explore what tactics have been used to subdue and silence radical, wilful women, and how radical women have resisted repression. We will look at how certain archetypes have been subverted and turned into oppressive stereotypes used to diminish female power. We will discuss what these stereotypes are and how we can rethink ideas about radical women. How can we reclaim these principal archetypes, reappropriating them and transforming them from tools of oppression into tools of emancipation? This session will involve spinning tales of witchcraft, recasting various feminine archetypes, pluralising the divine feminine, and opening ourselves to a world of new cultural stories while healing ancient wounds.
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.
Amanda Yates Garcia #
Amanda is a writer, artist, professional witch, and Oracle of Los Angeles. Her work has been widely reported in global press and she leads classes and workshops on magic and witchcraft at cultural institutions and universities. She is the author of Initiated.