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Still Waters

The evolution of the medieval witch

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Flying through the skies on a broomstick, the popular image of a witch is as a predominantly female figure – so much so that the costume has become the go-to Halloween outfit for women and girls alike. But where did this gendered stereotype come from? Part of the answer comes from medieval attitudes towards magic, and the particular behaviours attributed to men and women within the “crime” of witchcraft.

Taking one aspect of the witch’s characterisation in popular culture – her association with flight – we can see a transformation in attitudes between the early and later Middle Ages. 

https://theconversation.com/the-evolution-of-the-medieval-witch-and-why-shes-usually-a-woman-104861

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sci-nerd

Very stereotypical indeed! My ex can't fly, and she uses a vacuum cleaner.

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