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Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Here’s Your Delicious First Glimpse At “American Horror Story: Coven”

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"When Witches Don't Fight, We Burn"

Could Jessica Lange actually be a good witch? In the past two seasons of “American Horror Story,” she has only played terrifying villianesses with the blackest of hearts, so my interest is piqued in this first glimpse at  season three of “American Horror Story: Coven,” which comes back to FX on October 9th. Finally, finally creator Ryan Murphy divulges some details: Taissa Farmiga discovers she is a witch and gets sent to a school in New Orleans for “girls like you,” Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. Jessica Lange is the headmistress with a class of young witches in her charge and yes, that is Gabourey Sidibe in the cast. Everything I learn about “Coven” just makes it better and better. [YouTube]

The “American Horror Story: Coven” Teaser Is Here!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes

Mark your calendars: October 9th is the debut of “American Horror Story: Coven,” the third season of the campy, terrifying and highly watchable FX show. “Coven” is set in New Orleans at a big ol’ Southern-style mansion that appears to be a school or home for young witches. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Taissa Farmiga will return from past seasons, while Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are joining the cast for what promises to be some badass witchery. Wiccans, please just  let us have this one, okay?

“American Horror Story” Season To Focus On The Salem Witch Trials?

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  • “American Horror Story” season three cast members are dropping hints that the show will focus on the Salem witch trials. [E! Online]
  • Emma Watson is in talks to play Cinderella in a Kenneth Branagh-directed flick in which Cate Blanchett would play the evil stepmother. [Variety]
  • In other Emma news, Sofia Coppola’s new movie “The Bling Ring,” about a bunch of Los Angeles teens led by reality “star” Alexis Neiers who robbed the homes of celebrities, is headed to theaters this June. [Film Thrasher]
  • Nooooo! A baby gorilla at the Cincinatti Zoo was rejected by his mommy and now volunteers are taking turns dressing up in a gorilla suit and snuggling the little guy while feeding him a bottle. It’s the sweetest!  Oh and also HE WEARS A DIAPER LIKE A HUMAN BABY GAHHHH. [Huffington Post]
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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Witches

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“Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” You are probably envisioning a bunch of warty, green-faced witches with broomsticks and pointy, black hats huddled arounds a cauldron casting a spell, right? I guess we can thank Shakespeare’s Macbeth for that. This image of the witch has become so intertwined with Halloween, but has little in common with real witches past or present. After the jump, a few things you might not have known about witches. Keep reading »

Bad News For Online Witches And Wizards: Ebay Bans Potions And Spells

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This is a public service announcement: if you’re in need of any kind of spell, potion, psychic reading, or enchantment and prefer to procure your magical products via an online auction site, you best place your bids before August 30th. Why, you ask? Well, eBay just updated the seller guidelines in the paranormal and metaphysical categories and banned the sale of potions, spells, and psychic readings. The new rules take effect on August 30th, which means less than 10 days until you’re cut off from your favorite potion Power Seller. I would suggest trying your local neighborhood witch or wizard, but I’m not sure if they accept PayPal. Maybe it’s time to DIY your own potions? There’s bound to be some good recipes on Pinterest… [Mashable]

Wait, Witches’ “Broomsticks” Were Actually Dildos?

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According to this random piece of unidentified text I found on the interweb (which therefore must be 100 percent factual), medieval witches inserted magic potions or “flying ointment” into their vaginas with a special dildo or “broomstick.” Well, that explains the whole flying thing. They were basically getting high and pleasuring themselves. Hey, why not? [imgur]

New Cure For Infertility: Witchcraft!

With all of the modern technology available to help couples conceive, some people are going back to the dark ages to treat infertility. There is a piece in the Daily Mail about how a UK couple swears that a “white witch” helped them conceive their two children. Claire and Stephen Anderson were told they had a one in a billion chance of conceiving with her polycystic ovaries and his low sperm count. So what did they do? Fed up with the health care system, they visited Wendy Binks, aka Ladysnake … a witch. According to the Daily Mail:

[Several times a week,] the high priestess performed various chants, cleansing their energies and performing fertility spells before giving the couple a specially designed lunar sex schedule, and continuing to cast spells for them with her coven in their absence.

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