Shannon Coffey takes a look at the word "witch" as it's been used against women throughout history, in this episode of "Report Card" for RIOT.
Of course, the term's actual meaning isn't always taken into account when a woman is slapped with the "witch" label. Calling a woman a "witch" is often just a way to make women with agency look bad.
Here at Refinery29, we support all things witchy — The Craft, crystals, et al. — so we're in hearty agreement with occultist Melissa Madara when she says in Report Card, "It's a word that deserves reclaiming."
Whether you practice real magic, idolize Hermoine Granger, or just happen to think you look good in a black, pointy hat, embrace the witch in you. We're sure you'll find it positively charming. Watch the video above to learn more about why we call women witches — and why we should reclaim the label.
About Report Card
Comedian Shannon Coffey discusses tough topics from herpes to daddy issues, working to shed much-needed light on the stigmas facing modern women.