From goddess worship to GOOP: The history of feminine folk wisdom

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Feminine folk wisdom – goddess worship, witchcraft, crystals, reiki, GOOP’s vagina candles – has gotten a bad rap. Throughout history, these forms of wisdom have been marginalized to varying degrees, from the prosecution of women during the Salem Witch trials in 1692 to our culture’s liberal use of the word ‘woo’ to describe anything outside the norm. 

We have, historically, demonized powerful women (literally, women with unique or special powers). Female or feminine power is viewed as a threat to the patriarchy and capitalism, and a devaluing of work and craft that is difficult to capitalize on, including anything that takes place in the home. 

How does this feminine folk wisdom impact your life today? How has it been undervalued and how are you reclaiming it (are you reclaiming it?)

Join scholar Catherine Connors for a witchy presentation on the history of feminine folk wisdom and the art and craft of homemaking, just in time for Halloween. 



Catherine Connors

Catherine Connors, Instructor, writer, social theory scholar 

A writer and social theory scholar whose academic work looked at storytelling as a force for shifting cultural perspectives on women and girls. Catherine was a pioneer in the first big wave of women’s online storytelling, with her award-winning blog Her Bad Mother, (named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Best Blogs in 2012). She went on to become Editor in Chief and Head of Content for The Walt Disney Company’s interactive division, overseeing its entire online portfolio and stewarding a community of leading digital storytellers. She has personally mentored dozens of practicing and aspiring writers, and stewarded the storytelling of showrunners, screenwriters, graphic novelists, memoirists, and scholars. The co-author of the critically acclaimed The Feminine Revolution, Catherine’s upcoming publications and works-in-progress include Citizen Princess: Femininity, Leadership, and the Cultural Politics of Gender, a children’s television script, and a YA novel.