Sexy Witch – LaSara Firefox

Sexy Witch
LaSara Firefox
Llewellyn, 2005
314 pages

This book has gotten some mixed press since it came out–people seem to either love it or hate it. The people who hate it seem to have completely missed the point of the book. They either get freaked out by the frank use of euphemisms for female anatomy, or they run screaming from the idea of *gasp* getting to know the most nether regions of the female body, and all the various things it does. Additionally, uber-witches get terrified that *gasp* somebody might think witches have sex, and that sex can be a part of witchcraft!This is completely symptomatic of the body-PHOBIC mindset that Sexy Witch sets out to reverse.

In this book I found a wealth of exercises determined to shatter the negative tunnel vision most people in America (and in many other places) have about our bodies. The author challenges us to venture into the most terrifying aspects of the female physical form, the parts that we’re told are “dirty” and “bad”, and become comfortable with them. We’re encouraged to touch, to look, and to otherwise become familiar with our bodies in every crevice. And this is a *good* thing. Firefox has the right idea–rather than skirting around the fear we have of our bodies with pretty flowers and mincing, femmy steps, she meets it head-on fearlessly, showing the reader that there’s nothing to be afraid of, and that we stand to gain much in the way of confidence and health by getting over ingrained hangups. She challenges gender stereotypes, even to the point of including a decent section on conscious crossdressing as a way to break out of one’s preconceived notions.

She gives plenty of material for both solitary and group work; the latter is particularly nice as it offers the reader the chance to spread body-positive thoughts. And while some may complain that the magical aspects of the book are too watered-down, keep in mind that the material is aimed not just at experienced pagans, but any woman with body issues who could use some help in getting over them.

I can only wish that there was such a thing for men out there; while body issues in women are well-documented, body issues in men are often ignored. If you’re a guy having trouble with your image, there won’t really be much here for you to work with, though it may be worthwhile to read just to get an idea of some of the issues that woman face, and how Firefox recommends dealing with them.

This is a brilliant work that deserves its controversy–it highlights body-fear, and for those brave enough to face it, Sexy Witch offers a multitude of methods for getting over it, already!

Five bold pawprints out of five.

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5 Comments

  1. Meirya said,

    October 29, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Huh. That’s surprising… I hadn’t actually known what the book was about; I just skipped by it every time I saw it on the shelves. It sounds pretty intriguing.

    I might actually have to take a look and maybe pick it up now. 🙂 Thanks for the review, it’s piqued my interest!

  2. Melfina the Blue said,

    October 29, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Wow. That sounds like a really interesting book, and I hadn’t heard about it. Another book to add to my long reading list…

  3. Euphrates said,

    October 29, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I love the fact that she has a section of rituals for solitaries to do alone for each chapter, and a section of rituals for working in a group. I started a group, but because of personal time conflicts we only got about half way through the book together.
    I agree – it’s brilliant!

    Euphrates

  4. IvyLuna said,

    October 29, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    I skipped it on the bookshelf as well. The title put me off – brought Fiona and her ilk too much to mind. Wrong title!!! I demand a re-title! 🙂 Thanks for the review. I might have to read this now.

  5. Scott said,

    September 14, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    The book is a must read for every woman and men too! It should be required reading for all men. I read it over and over and if waking me up to the Divine Feminine side of women is a bad thing, my girlfriend would say otherwise. Maybe Ms. Firefox wrote it for women but I maintain men can benefit from the book also!


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