The archetype of the "witch" is burnt deep into the European psyche, recurring again and again in folklore and fairytales. But is she merely the stuff of fantasy? Roald Dahl warned that witches don't always don black hats and ride on broom sticks. They "dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. . . . That is why they are so hard to catch."
In Witches, Feminism and the Fall of the West, Edward Dutton examines the history of witches and witch-hunting in light of evolutionary psychology. Throughout the centuries, witches were ostracized across Europe and often condemned and executed for sorcery and harming children. They generally adhered to a type: witches were low-status, anti-social, and childless, and their very presence was viewed as poisonous to the community. Dutton demonstrates that witches did, in their way, represent a maladaptive mentality and behavior, which undermined Europe's patriarchal system. When times got tough-that is, when Europe got poorer or colder-the witches were persecuted with a vengeance.
Today, the evolutionary situation has been turned on its head. The intense selection pressures of the past have been overcome by the Industrial Revolution and its technological marvels. Modern witches survive and thrive in the postmodern West, still possessed by the motivations and dispositions of their sisters of yore. "Sorcery" (nihilism and self-hatred) is no longer taboo but has become a high-status ideology. Roald Dahl was all-too correct. Witches do exist, and they mean to do us harm . . .

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Commenter: " . . . Now we have "Witches, Feminism, and the Fall of the West," which one-ups "Poppycock" in the category of "likely-to-piss-people-off." The book's controversial thesis? Witch hunts throughout the ages were not irrational expressions of religious fervor by superstitious people searching out low-status scapegoats to blame for things like plague, war, and the failure of crops.
Instead witches were typically childless, older women, whose inability to fit in with society caused them to adopt maladaptive/anti-natalist ideologies that inverted patriarchal norms, lowered fertility, and placed the Other on a pedestal while shunning their neighbors. Think Dickens' Mrs. Jellyby, only more interested in abortifacients that involved eye of newt rather than writing letters to children starving in Africa.
If these witches of yore bear more than a passing resemblance to the blue-haired, excessively pierced and tattooed feminist you knew in college, that correlation is not an accident, and is one on which the author's argument rests.
Feminists, in Edward Dutton's estimation, are latterday witches, only they rely more on NGOs to bring refugees from foreign lands rather than riding their hickory brooms out to the woods to make their assignations with Old Scratch. They kiss the ring of the internationalist rainmakers like George Soros rather than the hindquarters of the Dark Lord."



So Men going their own way are actually going in a way that avoids modern feminist witches . . . seems to be a wise move to avoid being cursed with alimony and divorce lawyer fees!