Episode 39: Cats are Sluts With Kristen Sollée

Photo Credit Joel Barhamand

Photo Credit Joel Barhamand

Ev’Yan sits down with writer, educator, and former guest of The Sexually Liberated Woman podcast, Kristen Sollée. Ev’Yan and Kristen reminisce about their previous conversation from Episode 7: A Slut is a Sexually Liberated Woman and chat about the book Kristen wrote since then, “Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive”.

They get a little vulnerable about their own journeys and decisions to claim themselves as sluts and witches, and vent a little bit about how consumerism and capitalism has affected their ability to feel like they can use the words. Kristen also drops a gem of knowledge and encouragement to Ev’Yan about how to battle the feeling of not being enough.

Then, Kristen dives into her exciting upcoming book “Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine” and highlights the ways in which cat-inspired looks and mannerisms have paralleled femininity throughout cultures and generations. Terms like “cat call” and “pussy” and “cougar” are just a few examples of the ways that history has consistently aligned with and taken inspiration from feline and feminine energy, and Kristen goes deep into the how and the why.

This fun and engaging conversation will definitely make you look at cats in a totally different light.


What’s in this episode—

  • The past and modern history of the terms “slut” and “witch” and her first book “Witches, Sluts, Feminists”

  • The ways feline-derived vocabulary is embedded into our everyday vernacular, but especially when we’re talking about women and their sexuality

  • Aristotle's slut shaming of cats

  • And the connection between kink/BDSM and cats

Press play to listen to the conversation. Or listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

For a transcription of this episode, click here.

Click the following links to preorder Kristen’s upcoming book, Cat Call

Kristen J. Sollée is a writer, curator, and educator exploring the electric intersections of art, sex, and occulture. She is the founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive feminist website, and a lecturer at The New School. Sollée’s signature college course, "The Legacy of the Witch" follows the witch across history, pop culture, and politics. Her critically-acclaimed book inspired by the course, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, was published by Stone Bridge Press in 2017. Her second book, Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine, will be published by Weiser Books in September of 2019. She lives in Brooklyn.

Follow Kristen on Instagram and learn about her work over at her website.

Ev'Yan Whitney