Zoe Helene Psychedelic Feminism

Psychedelic Feminism: A Radical Interpretation of Psychedelic Consciousness?
The Journal for the Study of Radicalism
by Kim Hewitt

“Psychedelic feminism is a recent idea coined by cultural activist Zoe Helene to describe the ways psychedelic psychospiritual practices can empower women.”

“In 2007 Helene founded a company called Cosmic Sister specifically to empower women in the psychedelic community. It had grown out of an ecofeminist organization which she had formed to support women in Natural Products and wildlife rights and various ecological issues. Her goals for Cosmic Sister are two-fold. First, she seeks to support the voices of women in the psychedelic community, which she sees as a male-dominated arena. Second, her organization provides grants for women to participate in reputable ayahuasca retreats with indigenous Shipibo people in a specific part of the Peruvian Amazon, where ayahuasca is legal.”

Journal for the Study of Radicalism (Volume 13, no. 1, Spring 2019)

Published by Michigan State University Press.

The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. With sensitivity and openness to historical and cultural contexts of the term, we loosely define “radical,” as distinguished from “reformers,” to mean groups who seek revolutionary alternatives to hegemonic social and political institutions, and who use violent or non-violent means to resist authority and to bring about change.

February 2019