According to this article by SILVIA FEDERICI “gossip” used to mean “godparent” and became a term used more broadly for close female attachments. The term was warped during the Middle Ages to degrade female emotional ties and social power derived from meeting and communing, especially among the lower classes. Read her article in In These Times here.

Federici also wrote a book about witches that I plan to put on my summer reading list.

Further short reading from Jacobin magazine by Federici about witch-hunting and class struggle.

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