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DividedSelf
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(10/4/06 6:31 am)



Re: Boys Toys
A few people, including me in a way, have recommended going down the macho sword and sorcery route, and I just wondered what that said - about boys, us, stories, whatever...

Are boys just like that? Do we want them to be like that? Is it something to do with playground culture that makes them want to be like that? It's not that I think there's anything essentially wrong with being like that or anything, but maybe it wouldn't be the best education for a future which might have completely undefined gender roles.

Dunno. Sorry, I guess it's off the fairytale topic, but, I just wondered.

janeyolen
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(10/4/06 4:26 pm)


Re: Boys with words, not Swords
That's why I suggested my MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD collection since the boys therein do NOT pick up a sword and solve their problems that way. They use their brains, get help from friends, find alternate solutions.

Interestingly, it was MORE difficult to find these kind of folk stories than strong girls/women stories for the companion book: NOT ONE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS.

Often a story would SEEM to be about using one's brains, only to end with the boy picking up a sword and hacking off the dragon's/giant's/troll's head. So those stories were auf'ed.

Jane

DividedSelf
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(10/5/06 4:04 pm)


Re: Boys with words, not Swords
Sorry, I haven't read that collection :o - sounds interesting, but I was really talking about quite a few of the comments in this thread.

janeyolen
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(10/5/06 4:25 pm)


Re: Boys with words, not Swords
I realized that you were talking about the other comments, but wanted to be sure you understood the difference. And how hard it is to find those kind of stories. I must have read close to a thousand tales to find the ones for my collection.

And I know others on the board who are ethnologists or folklorists would find the same problem.

Jane

DividedSelf
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(10/6/06 4:42 am)


Re: Boys with words, not Swords
Thanks, that is interesting then. What sort of things do ethnologists/folklorists draw from this though? Does anyone know of relevant (readily available) work on this?

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