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150 Afghan schoolgirls have been poisoned in their classroom.

“For the life of me, I cannot begin to understand why this is something that is a debate within Congress. It is inconceivable to me now that we are in the process of a debate about something that has proven so effective and is clearly so needed for the future. It must be passed, and it must be passed soon.” That’s Attorney General Eric Holder on the Violence Against Women Act.

I have a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald today, about fairytales and romantic comedies.

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  1. Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed reading the article about fairy tales and rom coms, but I wish that the information about fairy tales had been more accurate and comprehensive. The Grimms did not create the Snow White story, or any of the others mentioned: they actually edited and sanitized them. There are so many amazing feminist, progressive fairy tales (see D’Aulnoy’s 1800th century stories!), and while there are plenty of problematic versions, they really should not all be dismissed as automatic reinforcements of the patriarchal status quo. All that being said, I would love to see more mainstream articles about fairy tales- they are my primary focus in graduate school, and my thesis is about gender roles and dynamics in Beauty and the Beast tales.

  2. Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow…all those students poisoned? Why can’t they just have an ordinary school day, is that too much to ask. Years from now, those girls will be noted as Heroes.
    Do you think Snow White will be the evil Queen one day? When she’s older and there are young pretty girls walking about?

    • Posted April 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      Re: Snow White, there are actually stories that talk about that possibility and problematize the dichotomy set up between Snow White and the Queen. If you’re interested, Neil Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” and Emma Donoghue’s “Kissing the Witch” are particularly awesome.

      The student poisoning is so horrific…

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