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Brķan Women in traditional songs (14) RE: Women in traditional songs 22 Sep 05


This requires more thought than what I can put into a short post, but I will mull this one over.

Having just recently returned from seeing THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde with an all-male cast(One would simply have to see this one to really beleive it, I have really grown an appreciation for the need for young men to go out "Bumbrying."

I think the role of women in creating, preserving and transmitting folklore is grossly misunderstood, understated and complex. I heard an interview about a woman who wrote a biography of the Brothers Grimm and she understood that the sources of the tales were most frequently midwives and and nursemaids. The tales in their original forms(The wicked step-mother dances to her death in iron shoes[Thank you Tommie De paola!]) may offer advice to girls in particular on how to protect themselves.

I wonder if THE FEMALE SMUGGLER may have been written by a woman. It appears to be an early declaration of equal work for equal pay as well as the integrity of working women as equal mates.


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