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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories 1990 13 1990 13 Political correct bedtime stories Dongeng, hegemoni lelaki dan BarbieOnce upon a time, there is life bla bla bla.and they are live together happy ever after forever Sebuah pakem standar dari dongeng pengantar tidur sebuah dongeng yang pernah membawa fantasiku dan juga hampir seluruh anak perempuan di dunia terbang ke sebuah negeri antah berantah menjadi seorang perempuan muda yang baik hati, ramah tamah, suka menabung dan tidak suka membuang sampah sembarangan ya Political correct bedtime stories Dongeng, hegemoni lelaki dan BarbieOnce upon a time, there is life bla bla bla.and they are live together happy ever after forever Sebuah pakem standar dari dongeng pengantar tidur sebuah dongeng yang pernah membawa fantasiku dan juga hampir seluruh anak perempuan di dunia terbang ke sebuah negeri antah berantah menjadi seorang perempuan muda yang baik hati, ramah tamah, suka menabung dan tidak suka membuang sampah sembarangan yang karena kebaikannya plus kecantikan fisiknya akhirnya dijemput seorang pangeran tampan berkuda putih, dan mereka hidup bahagia selamanya Tetapi siapa yang menyangka, ternyata di balik kisah2 dongeng tsb ada banyak hal lain yang tersembunyi tidak hanya sekedar hitam vs putih juga tak sekedar kebaikan yang akan menang melawan kejahatan Dalam buku ini, Garner mengangkat issue tentang gender, budaya patriarki, sexist, classist dan juga..Barbie.Baru sadar, kalo memang banyak sekali unsur sexist dan gender di sini Budaya patriarki dan laki laki yang mendominasi Kaum perempuan seringkali hanya dijadikan sebagai sebuah objek dan bukanlah subyek Penilaian terhadap seorang perempuan lebih banyak didasarkan kepada apa yang diharapkan para pria tentang wanita Dan contohnya adalah Barbie Barbie yang sempurna secara fisik adalah prototype dari fantasi pria tentang wanita secara fisik Barbie dijadikan gambaran ideal tentang fisik seorang perempuan Barbie adalah symbol penjajahan kaum adam terhadap kaum hawa secara fisik Anehnya, Barbie pulalah salah satu hal yang bisa membuat jutaan kaum wanita rela melakukan diet ketat yang menyiksa, perawatan kecantikan dan salon yang juga tak kalah menyiksa baik secara fisik maupun finasial serta banyak lagi hal gila yang sanggup dilakukan kaum hawa hanya atas nama kesempurnaan fisik Mulai dari operasi plastik, sedot lemak, botox, catox, brontox hingga menderita anoreksia, bulimia, anemia, insomnia, dan masih banyak mia mia lainnya Susahnya jadi wanita Ups, bahkan kata wanita pun juga kata yang bias gender Wanita yang diambil dari kata wani dan tata Orang yang ditata Perhiasan Damn, apakah hanya itu arti kaum hawa sekedar makhluk tanpa otak, tanpa kepribadian yang hanya didandani dan dijadikan perhiasan bagi kaum lelaki Harga diriku berontak Aku tak kan pernah lagi mau menggunakan kata wanita kecuali terpaksa sekali Kata perEmpuan terdengar jauh lebih bermartabat Karena perEmpuan diambil dari kata Empu., yang memiliki Pemilik Orang yang dihormati Satu point inilah yang membuatku tertarik dgn buku ini Karena dalam seluruh penulisannya, Garner selalu menggunakan kata perEmpuan dengan huruf E besar Untuk mengingatkan arti penting kaum hawa yang sebenarnya Barbie oh Barbie Hatiku mendua Satu sisi, aku ingin melawan dominasi tak berdasar kaum laki laki atas diri kaumku perEmpuan adalah manusia bebas yang bebas menentukan nasibnya sendiri Merdeka dari dominasi Merdeka dari keharusan2 yang ditimbulkan budaya patriarki Merdeka atas hak reproduksi dan kesetaraannya sendiri Termasuk juga merdeka dari keharusan berbadan ramping, tinggi, kurus dan berbodi seksi seperti Barbie Akan tetapi, di lain sisi, aku belum bisa membuang Barbie Aku masih belum mampu membuang, melelang atau bahkan menghibahkan puluhan koleksi barbieku yang berjejalan di lemari I still luv Barbie Ironis Ternyata, aku belum merdeka dari Barbie Once Upon A Time, In The Olden Days, Heavy Set Middle Aged Men Would Congregate In Their Elitist Clubs, Sit In Over Stuffed Leather Chairs, Smoke Air Choking Cigars, And Pitch Story Ideas And Plots To Each Other Problem Was, These Stories, Many Of Which Found Their Way Into The General Social Consciousness, Reflected The Way In Which These Men Lived And Saw Their World That Is, The Stories Were Sexist, Discriminatory, Unfair, Culturally Biased, And In General, Demeaning To Witches, Animals, Goblins, And Fairies EverywhereFinally, After Centuries Of These Abusive Tales, Which Have Been Handed Down Unknowingly From One Male Biased Generation To The Next, James Finn Garner Has Taken It Upon Himself That S Right, Yet Another Man To Enlighten And Liberate These Classic Bedtime Stories And Retell Them In A Way That Is Much In Keeping With The Society In Which We Live Today Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Then Is The Fruit Of Garner S Labors We D Like To Think That Future Generations Of Fairy Tale Fans Will See This As A Worthy Attempt To Develop Meaningful Literature That Is Totally Free From Bias And Purged From The Influences Of A Flawed Cultural Past George Bernard Shaw once said that if something is funny, search it for truth This book is full of truth, and it boldly and plainly illustrates the absurdity of political correctness I love sarcasm and satire, and this book has plenty of it, so I found it delightful It provides a marvelous picture of the current social and political landscape, and reveals the whole political correctness dogma for the foolish fraud that it is Eleanor Roosevelt once said that no one can make you feel inferior George Bernard Shaw once said that if something is funny, search it for truth This book is full of truth, and it boldly and plainly illustrates the absurdity of political correctness I love sarcasm and satire, and this book has plenty of it, so I found it delightful It provides a marvelous picture of the current social and political landscape, and reveals the whole political correctness dogma for the foolish fraud that it is Eleanor Roosevelt once said that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent We are the ones that decide to be offended, no matter what anyone else does Anyone who doesn t find a least a little humor in this book needs to sit down and have a long talk with a mental health professional Easy read I finished it in just a few hours, even with interruptions Highly recommended As a card carrying feminist carryover from the 60s, I ve long been a proponent of concepts like gender equality and nonsexist language That said, it s possible to cross the roll up your pantlegs it s too late to save your shoes line at which political correctness becomes downright silly Such is the case on occasion in this, a collection of well known bedtime stories that have been revised for the modern generation Still, it s amusing and I got a kick out of all 11 stories that are in t As a card carrying feminist carryover from the 60s, I ve long been a proponent of concepts like gender equality and nonsexist language That said, it s possible to cross the roll up your pantlegs it s too late to save your shoes line at which political correctness becomes downright silly Such is the case on occasion in this, a collection of well known bedtime stories that have been revised for the modern generation Still, it s amusing and I got a kick out of all 11 stories that are in the version I read Originally published in Great Britain in 1994, it s been updated and re released, sent to me by our daughter in law who figured I d enjoy it.At just 89 pages, it can be breezed through in an hour or less so for those enlightened individuals looking for a chuckle or two, I recommend it, taking into account the author s opening caveat However much we might like to, we cannot blame the Brothers Grimm for their insensibility to women s issues, minority cultures and the environment No, the good brothers did their thing long before Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women, so the only thing left for the author to do is clean them up.There s no point in detailing any of the stories just because the book is so short, but I ll cite a few examples to give you a better idea of what s going on In Little Red Riding Hood, for instance, the woodsman becomes a woodcutter or, as he prefers, a log fuel technician In The Emperor s New Clothes, the boy shouts to the crowd that the emperor is naked No, he isn t, the crowd fires back The emperor is merely endorsing a clothing optional lifestyle Likewise, Cinderella s sisters of step are differently visaged enough to stop a clock, and Cinderella has a fairy godperson, a.k.a individual deity proxy And there you have it at the very least, if you ve set a goal for the number of books you hope to read this year, it s a quick and relatively enjoyable way to get there James Finn Garner has taken 12 time tested tales and retold them with the newfound sensitivity of our times Here s a snippet from Little Red Riding Hood The wolf said, You know, my dear, it isn t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone Red Riding Hood said, I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldvie James Finn Garner has taken 12 time tested tales and retold them with the newfound sensitivity of our times Here s a snippet from Little Red Riding Hood The wolf said, You know, my dear, it isn t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone Red Riding Hood said, I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview Now, if you ll excuse me, I must be on my way Leap into a fairy tale world where trolls are dirt accomplished and odor enhanced, witches are kindness impaired, and Cinderella wears a gown woven of silk stolen from unsuspecting silkworms We can only regret that Garner had to exclude The Duckling That Was Judged on Its Personal Merits and Not on Its Physical Appearance for space reasons Fairy tales are strange, but these are the stranger Examples are the 7 Towering Giants and the Prince thinking they could use the comatose Snow White as a cure for impotence and at midnight Cinderella s clothes disappear into rags which has a weird effect on other women and the men wind up dead Every negative stereotype of PC is exaggerated beyond meaning, such as the guilt trip of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks as an unethical academic The PC targets are not always consistent In R Fairy tales are strange, but these are the stranger Examples are the 7 Towering Giants and the Prince thinking they could use the comatose Snow White as a cure for impotence and at midnight Cinderella s clothes disappear into rags which has a weird effect on other women and the men wind up dead Every negative stereotype of PC is exaggerated beyond meaning, such as the guilt trip of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks as an unethical academic The PC targets are not always consistent In Rapunzel capitalism is bad, but in other stories commercial success is a happily ever after.I wondered if this were part of the 1990 s backlash The witch who imprisons Rapunzel is female but Cinderella has a godperson the foolish Chicken Little, Henny Penny and Loosey Goosey are females and Foxy Loxy, the lawyer is male and Goldilocks appears as a villain Womyn obsessed with beauty is a theme, and in their liberation from it they wind up marketing some aspect of it.I d like to see a real PC fairy tale book, or one with role reversals or one free of the macabre themes that characterize the genre 10 10 10 This was so much fun to read I saw this post in tumblr and after reading that, you bet your sweet ass I have to find the book and read it immediately.James Finn Garner did an amazing job in retelling the stories in a politically correct way best suited for modern times.My favorites are the following The Little Red Riding HoodAnd just what do you think you re doing asked Red Riding Hood.The woodchopper person blinked and tried to answer, but no words came to him Bursting in here like a Nea This was so much fun to read I saw this post in tumblr and after reading that, you bet your sweet ass I have to find the book and read it immediately.James Finn Garner did an amazing job in retelling the stories in a politically correct way best suited for modern times.My favorites are the following The Little Red Riding HoodAnd just what do you think you re doing asked Red Riding Hood.The woodchopper person blinked and tried to answer, but no words came to him Bursting in here like a Neanderthal, trusting your weapon to do your thinking for you she exclaimed Sexist Speciesist How dare you assume that womyn and wolves can t solve their own problems without a man s helpThe three little pigs By now the wolf was getting angry at the pigs refusal to see the situation from the carnivore s point of view So he huffed and puffed, and huffed and puffed, then grabbed his chest and fell over dead of a massive heart attack brought on by eating too many fatty foodsRumplestiltskinThat is how you turn straw into gold Then his expression became menacing Now that I have done my work, you must fulfill your part of the bargain You must give me your first born child Esmeralda shot back at him, I don t have to negotiate with anyone who would interfere with my reproductive rightsI can t wait to see the other book because, hey, it s fun to read something right without insulting another party Well, I find this book somewhat funny yet strange Prior to this, my only idea of politically correct statements is not to say poor but say financially challenged or short dwarfish but vertically challenged The reason is that most of us Filipinos speak pure English only when we talk to foreigners and because they are visitors here, they are probably too polite not to require us to be very careful with our language as long as we don t curse or use vulgar terms to the extent of using po Well, I find this book somewhat funny yet strange Prior to this, my only idea of politically correct statements is not to say poor but say financially challenged or short dwarfish but vertically challenged The reason is that most of us Filipinos speak pure English only when we talk to foreigners and because they are visitors here, they are probably too polite not to require us to be very careful with our language as long as we don t curse or use vulgar terms to the extent of using politically correct statements In our own language, the equivalent of these statements should be the S.I.R smooth interpersonal relationship statements like when we say okay lang she s okay when we are referring to the looks of an ugly person Communicating per se with a non Filipino in the office is already somewhat of a struggle we call it nosebleed so requiring everybody to be politically correct will be quite difficult to do This is the reason why I could not give thisthan a 3 star rating I find this book somewhat not too relevant Yes, the way Garner tried to incorporate his politically correct statements and scenarios is commendable and for sure, it required a lot of his efforts and imagination Also, tampering these well loved classic fairy tales is a bit strange for me I mean, while reading, I got reminded of the story of say Jack and the Beanstalk that I thought I only heard when I was still very young and while reading I was in a reminiscing mood trying to remember the kind face of my now dead teacher who I loved very much So, the politically correct angle that Garner tried to incorporate in his version actually bot me distracted and made me want to find which of my Aesop, Grimms, Andersen books has that story of Jack and the Beanstalk so I can re read it and remember how much I adored my dead teacher.But still I appreciate my friend for lending me this book that he rated with 5 stars and I do not want to break his heart so I am giving this 3 stars

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