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TST NYC Lecture Series: Satanic Feminism, Rebellion, Identities

Join The Satanic Temple of NYC at Catland Books on Friday, August 25th
for an evening of lecture and discussion on topics relating to
Satanism, feminism, rebellion, activism, and more. Proceeds from this
event will go to the legal support fund for TST's Religious
Reproductive Rights campaign (

About our speakers:

• Kristen J. Sollée is a lecturer at The New School and founding
editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist arts and culture website.
Her first book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive
was called a “Must Read” by BUST and described in The Guardian as “a
whirlwind history of the witch in America and her shared history with
sexually liberated women and radical liberationary politics.”

In this illustrated lecture, Kristen J. Sollée will trace the history
of “witch feminism” from Early Modern Europe to the present. With an
eye specifically on female sexuality, she will delve into the links
between witches, midwifery, and reproductive rights; the
transformation of witch hunting into slut shaming; and the role of the
witch in feminist activism and politics over the past century. With
art, literature, film and popular culture as a backdrop, this talk
will peel back layers of misinformation and misogyny to chart the
witch’s development from diabolical sorceress to symbol of sexual and
intellectual liberation.

• Tara Burton has a doctorate in theology and 19th century French
literature from Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar. She is the
current staff religion writer at, and has lectured on religion
and religious history at conferences ranging from Calvin College's
Festival of Faith and Writing to the Theorizing the Web Conference to
the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

A story about the early days of sex, drugs, duels to the death, and
early celebrity journalism --  op-eds alleging sorcery in political
and literary opponents --- this lecture explores the seedy world of
black magic among Paris's fin de siècle literati -- blending
scandalous historical anecdote with more general reflections on what
made occultism so attractive to 19th century Parisians, and the way in
which a burgeoning celebrity culture intensified these magical

• Sarah Lyons is a witch, activist, and generally spooky person
currently living in NYC. She has been studying witchcraft and the
occult since she was was just a kid running home from school to watch
The X-Files every night. She believes critical, and active engagement
with the world around us is fundamental to creating a better society
for all.

The Black Mass, The Witch's Sabbat, the gathering place for the
supposed enemies of both church and state during the middle ages and
early modern period. While the exact nature or existence of these
meetings is a matter of speculation, the spirit of what they represent
both as a tool of propaganda, and as a model for revolution is still
alive today. By examining the parallels between the rhetoric of
yesterday and the legislation of today, we can get a picture of the
world that Western Christianity fears, and begin to create that world
for ourselves.

• Ash Astaroth is TST NYC's assistant chapter head and TST HQ
director. He will discuss Queer history and the intersection of Queer
and Satanic identities, reclamation as empowerment, and cultures that
prioritize individual expression and equality above unexamined
tradition and respectability politics.

• Plus special guest Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple.

Earlier Event: August 24
Natural Dye Workshop
Later Event: August 26
Femme Fatale - A Radical Gallery