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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 06:14 AM

'Snow White' still a bad apple of feminism

I got dragged along to see it night before last, and disliked it intensely coz every time I saw Chris Hemsworth, I kept on humming the theme to Home & Away (see pic below)

Anyway, back to Snow White....

Philosophical questions: 1. Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? And 2. Is a Snow White wearing a metal breastplate and brandishing a sword still Snow White?

"Snow White and the Huntsman"stampeded into theaters Friday to mixed often fawning reviews and a box-office-leading $56.3 million, but the movie has a fairly open relationship with the original Grimms' fairy story. Not because there are eight dwarfs instead of seven or because there's a random scene in which a Christlike stag magically turns into a cloud of butterflies. Those are the sorts of minor changes that nag at fangirls but are acceptable when spinning new versions of old stories.

But when Snow White storms a castle, and Snow White learns to fight, and Snow White (spoiler alert!) ends up choosing neither of her two male suitors, preferring to sit on a throne alone well, perhaps we should at least call the girl Snow Whitish, or maybe Snow Ecru. Or just rename the altered product, "Princess on a Fast Horse, Also Tames Trolls."

Yay for feminism, yay for fight scenes, yay for girls who know better than to lie around waiting for a lover's kiss to wake them from a coma because honestly, in modern times that scene looks like a date-rape PSA waiting to happen.

"It's a desire to do a role reversal," says Brian Sturm, a professor at the University of North Carolina who co-wrote the scholarly article, "We Said Feminist Fairy Tales, Not Fractured Fairy Tales!" It's a course correction a way of acknowledging that misogyny in old bedtime stories should be put to sleep.


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seabeyond Jun 2012 #1

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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 07:37 AM

1. they say dragon girl with a tattoo is feminist, too


It's just Stewart, eight pudgy dwarfs, and a monumentally screwed-up stepmom relationship that pits women against women and calls it feminist.

isn't this interesting. i wonder what is up with that. girl with a tattoo was anything but. yet slap a feminist stamp on and good to go.

i had someone send me an email asking me what i thought and if i thought snow white was pro women, or feminist stance. i haven't seen. but, i have read two articles that have suggested this conclusion, pitting woman against woman.

not having seen it though, most all movie pit man against man. are we suggesting something saying that it shouldn't be the same. i get the pitting woman against woman, but in battle for power, would this be the same.

bad me, i started typing before i had enough coffee and should stay in the reading only period.

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