On Wine And Cheese (Doodles), Dina Honor celebrates Women Who Don’t Burn. I know a few. You know who you are.
It was meant as a compliment, and I took it as one.
Because what he meant was that outspoken women, loud women, women who didn’t sit still, who pushed boundaries or dreamt or loved or worked outside the tight confines of the lives assumed for them, those women were often rounded up and burned as witches. Because there was no room for them outside a witch pyre.
Fast forward two centuries. Those same women were labeled hysterics and chained inside concrete institutions instead. As we evolved the punishments for women who refused to sit down and shut up when told to became less physical. We simply shunned them, banishing them to the bottom tier of society.
Nowadays witch burning is metaphorical rather…
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