July 2nd, 2007

breaking bad

Fairy stories are for boys only

Snooty review of Doctor Who in the Daily Telegraph, which posits there are two sort of people in the world: those with guns and those who dig those who love fantasy completely uncritically, and those (like the discerning author of the piece) who can't stand it. And by fantasy I think he means the full range of non-realist writing and drama.

I thought you might be amused by this:

There is one easy shorthand for working out where someone stands across the fantasy gap: if she is a woman, she can generally manage without it. Which is maybe what was happening as I snoozed through the Doctor: I was being put in touch with my feminine side.

It's getting increasingly difficult to keep up with my immutable biologically determined gender role these days. I thought fantasy was supposed to be for girls? How recently did it become Daily Telegraph conservative commonplace that imagination and airy-fairy stuff is boys only?

Sigh. Anyway, I guess it boils down to 'get back in the kitchen ladies'. It always does.

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