Becoming Dangerous by Katie West

Becoming Dangerous

A nonfiction book of deeply personal essays by marginalised people using the intersection of feminism, witchcraft, and resistance to summon power and become fearsome in a world that would prefer them afraid. With contributions from twenty witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels, BECOMING DANGEROUS is a book of intelligent and challenging essays that will resonate with anyone who’s ever looked for answers outside the typical places.Fr...

Details Becoming Dangerous

TitleBecoming Dangerous
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherFiction & Feeling
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Feminism, Glbt, Queer, Spirituality

Reviews Becoming Dangerous

  • Britt Marczak
    Are you into witchy things, even a little, even if your definition differs from others? Are you into intersectional feminism? What about resisting? Read. This. Book.There's a truly impressive variety of voices amplified in this book, aka it's not just white women appropriating shit that doesn't belong to them. It's women of color (black and non-black), it's trans women, it's...wonderful. So many spiritual, religious, and non-spiritual belief stru...
  • Hannah
    this collection comes at a moment of peak trendiness for witchiness & femmeness, at least in my own lived experience so far. i was really excited about it, and also, the further i got through the collection, the more my excitement splatted onto the ground. don't get me wrong; i appreciated every piece in this collection & there are a lot of great stories & a lot of great writing. it feels important at this moment to have a more substantial docume...
  • Victoria
    I really, REALLY wanted to love this book. If I could I would’ve given it 2.5 stars. I understand what they were trying to do with this book, but I don’t think they achieved it. Some essays were gems! I felt lost throughout the others. HOWEVER, I appreciated each essay for what it was: a personal essay. I greatly enjoyed the human-ness about it. I drew power from that. I’d still recommend this book because it’s important to read stories o...
  • Regan
    I have mixed feelings about this book. First, my husband was part of the Kickstarter and he's a big fan of West's work, and he gifted me with his copy received from his donation, which is pretty cool. I like the idea of the book, the approach and the energy it seems to want to convey. But I keep hitting up against what I fear may be a generational thing - a way of looking at the world that seems to me to take certain things as given that I'm not ...
  • Wayne Rée
    This isn't just a great book. It's an important one.Becoming Dangerous, at its core, celebrates the idea of care – both in a communal sense, but also the idea of self-care, helping to shed the notion that taking the time to love yourself is inherently bad somehow. Rituals are explored as a part of witchcraft in some essays – but, throughout all the essays, also as the things that women and femmes of all forms do to stay sane in a world that, ...
  • Damien
    I see so many aspects of the women and femmes and nonbinary people I know reflected in this book—wildly varied stories of processes of growth and change and the cultivation of strength. Complete with an introductory description of the ritual circle about to be cast and the dangers we may face within it, these pieces weave a necessary contemporary grimoire: a tome that describes, guides through, and embodies so many kinds of magic(k) we can use ...
  • Mandy Szewczuk
    This is really 3.5 stars. While the diversity in the essays was fascinating and appreciated, the essays themselves read like long blog posts full of self-affirmations. I enjoyed reading them, but once I was finished, there was little that was very memorable about any of them. Some of the essays really did stand out, and the power of Witch through different lenses made me consider sources of self-actualization and ways of doing rituals that I hadn...
  • Liza
    Overall, a great anthology. I related to a lot of it, and learned a lot from it too. My favourite pieces were by Cara Ellison, Maranda Elizabeth, Laura Mandanas, Catherine Hernandez, Mey Rude, J. A. Micheline and Nora Khan, and there was only one entry that I disliked (not cos it was bad, just cos it wasn't of interest to me).
  • Shannan
    This is what an anthology should be, fiction or non fiction. Each essay was distinct, and overall conveyed a wide range of experiences and opinions. I didn't agree with everything, but pretty much all of them at least gave me a new perspective to consider. I backed this on Kickstarter and am pleased to have done so.
  • Devin
    This was an incredibly powerful collection of stories about the use of ritual. The stories were really intense so I could only read 1 or 2 at a time. Each one gave me another way if thinking about ritual and so much inspiration. This book is an incredible gift.
  • Kelly
    A poignant and powerful collection of essays by women and femmes on how they find resistance and power in rituals ranging from the magical to the mundane. A wide variety of voices gives different perspectives on how to become dangerous in a world trying to blunt feminine power.
  • Molly
    Inspiration for people who feel powerless from people who have found and claimed their own power and agency.
  • Elizabeth
    This book made me feel seen, made me feel understood, like little private things I do for myself or assign power to myself aren't just my own (but in the best, best possible way). I wanted to know so much more about each of the writers, each of these people who are making magic in their own ways that are so similar and different to the way I practice. I wanted to give this book to the people I love and say look, this is what it's about, this is w...
  • Amy
    This is an amazing collection of essays from such a large variety of voices. Some of these essays I connected with on a very deep personal level because I knew exactly what they were talking about. Some of these essays opened my eyes and mind to something I didn't know about before or hadn't thought about from that frame of mind. All of these essays are powerful messages about how being yourself in society becomes more and more difficult the furt...