Between 1940-1960, white women authors used the Southern Gothic literary tradition to make political claims about their identity group's cognizant contribution to oppressive structures and historical narratives alike. Historically, Southern white women's bodies were a symbol of cultural purity. The Antebellum "Belle" stood for tradition, and her inherent virtue was a tool wielded to absolve the South of its sins. In the Southern Gothic, on the other hand, authors warp symbolic white femininity in an effort to repurpose its political utility in Southern rhetoric. Where white women once embodied regional virtue, they now bore the representational burden of the grotesque, of social evils in the South. I argue that Southern Gothic literature is a set of important political texts, because it provides early examples of white women holding their own community accountable for racism, classism, and a dangerous allegiance to bygone, pre-Civil War social codes. The white women who penned Southern Gothic stories did not seamlessly incorporate the accountability measures of their fictions into their own lives. Yet I argue that it is because of their personal political position that white women turned to the Southern Gothic to make political claims. Their stories sought to delegitimize white women's innocence, and to contextualize them as political actors capable of committing atrocities. In turn, white women authors of the Southern Gothic suggest politically productive alternatives to the South's moral system, emphasizing marginalized voices as the authority.