Becoming Dangerous

Becoming Dangerous


"A fierce and voluble refutation of the patriarchy and its soul-crushing oppression of female power. These writers make clear that as witches, femmes, and queers, they will use their own strength, ingenious rituals, beauty routines, and spells to rise above and beyond the limits of racism/classism and objectifications set by a male-dominated society. While bound by a thread of magic, these are inspiring feminist writings for readers of feminist literature, however identified.” --Library Journal

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.


Unfuckable—Cara Ellison

Trash-Magic: Signs & Rituals for the Unwanted—Maranda Elizabeth

Uncensoring My Ugliness—Laura Mandanas

Femme as in Fuck You: Fucking with the Patriarchy One Lipstick Application at a Time—Catherine Hernandez

Before I Was a Woman, I Was a Witch—Avery Edison

Undressing My Heart—Gabriela Herstik

Garden—Marguerite Bennett

Reddit, Retin-A, and Resistance: An Alchemist’s Guide to Skincare—Sam Maggs

The Future is Coming for You—Deb Chachra

My Witch’s Sabbath of Short Skirts, Long Kisses, and BDSM—Mey Rude

Buzzcut Season—Larissa Pham

The Harpy—Meredith Yayanos


Red Glitter—Sophie Saint Thomas

Touching Pennies, Painting Nails—Sim Bajwa

Ritual in Darkness—Kim Boekbinder

Gayuma—Sara David

Pushing Beauty Up Through the Cracks—Katelan Foisy

Ritualising My Humanity—J. A. Micheline

Simulating Control—Nora Khan

I Am, Myself, a Body of Water—Leigh Alexander

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