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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Burning Times

The witch hunts aren’t distant memory: only a few hundred years from today people – especially women – were burned alive for being witches.
Europe was all a-tizzy over the proliferation of witches. Accusations (we will assume they were false) and the trials (not that they were very fair: throw the witch in the water. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats: drown her) let to massive burnings at the stake, torture, and the destruction of families and communities. The directors asks the simple question: is there a connection to be made between modern day violence against women and those heretic days of yore?

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