Tuesday, February 5, 2013
"witches, nurses and midwives" reading
Last January 14 and 21, we had a reading session at the KU Social Center with the book entitled “Witches, Nurses, and Midwives: A history of women healers”. It is first published by The Feminist Press in 1973; an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in witch hunters. In this new edition, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English have written an entirely new chapter that delves into the current fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic exposé on the demonization of women healers and the political and economic monopolization of medicine. This quick history brings us up-to-date, exploring today's changing attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and modern-day witches (from Amazon).
Ten participants sincerely listened and shared their perspectives about the topic. During the session, we also discussed many points related to our current local health system and how it needs to be changed. Some participants were also enlightened on the issues and the myth surrounding witch craft and women as healers.
If you want to download the pdf version of the said book, please download it from here: