Black Cat Appreciation Day; Happy Friday the 13th!

I Love My Black Cat!

Don’t fall prey to superstitions! General Gau asks that you remember that black cats need your help, because they are the least adopted from animal shelters, and when they do get adopted on dates like Halloween and Friday the 13th, bad and stupid people do cruel and evil things to them in the name of “black magic”.

Black cats are well known to be friendly, intelligent, vocal, loyal, and are excellent mousers. This is why medieval women brewers kept them as pets – to both protect their grain stores and to be loving companions. The misogynistic nobility and churches of the time decided they wanted a monopoly on brewing to control everyone’s drinking supply (no one could drink the water due to microorganisms; the only drinkable option was “small beer”). They thus proclaimed all non-guild (female) brewers to be heretics and persecuted them literally to death.

The medieval depiction of a female brewer; branded as a heretic by aristocrats and church officials and persecuted to death.

The misogynistic medieval depiction of a female brewer; branded as a heretic by aristocrats and church officials and persecuted to death. All she’s lacking is her brewing cauldron – note the black kitty!

Thus today we use the vile propaganda of long dead evil men to entertain our children at Halloween.  The icon of a woman with a tall pointy brewer’s hat to identify her amongst a crowd in the marketplace, a bubbling cauldron to make beer in, a broom for sweeping grains, and a black cat companion represents a “witch”. Black cats really got a raw deal!

So fight back against anti-feminists, religious zealotry, and general douchebaggery and adopt a black cat!

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Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17th, but we celebrate it every day!