"All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable.
. . . What else is a woman but a foe to friendship, a necessary evil, a natural
temptation. . . . And what, then is to be thought of those witches who in this
way sometimes collect male organs in great numbers?" (qtd. in Itzin, Cathereine.
"Bewitching the Boys." Times Educational Supplement, December
27, 1985, p. 13 and in Bird, Anne-Marie. "Women Behaving Badly: Dahl's
Witches Meet the Women of the Eighties." Children's Literature in Education
29 (1998): 119-29).
Also consider more recent witch hunts:
"Demonizing women who refuse to conform to patriarchal strictures is not a new phenomenon. An examination of the documented evidence of the witch hunts and trials from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century reveals a connection between a woman's social status and her representation as evil. Accusations of witchcraft, arising from irrational but deeply felt fears and social anxieties, appear to have intensified in direct response to periods of social, economic, political, and sexual unrest among women. In these societies, any woman who was perceived to be deviant in some wayassertive, "too" successful, nonconformistin short, any woman who challenged the patriarchal ordermight be suspected of witchcraft" (Bird 127).
Bird, Anne-Marie. "Women Behaving Badly: Dahl's Witches Meet the Women of the Eightes." Children's Literature in Education 29 (1998): 119-29.