Pretty much all of my pagan life, I've wanted to belong to a men's coven.

So when I decided to sing the Warlocks of the Driftless into existence, I naturally enough brought the idea to my (mixed) coven first. It's what I tend to do when I'm thinking something through, and I invariably come out the wiser for having done so.

Magenta, our coven's founder, pretty much spoke for everyone when she said, laughing: So long as you're not discussing how to subvert the matriarchy or disempower women, you have my blessing.

And so it was.

I didn't have the heart to tell her that, when men get together, there's one topic that's pretty much guaranteed never to come up. Most men spend their lives surrounded by women and (truth be told) putting women's needs first. So when we get together, naturally we want to talk about something else.

So, gentlemen: let's hold all discussion of disempowering women and subverting the matriarchy until our secret forest conclave at 2 tonight, agreed?

Alright then. Now, about getting that standing stone raised...