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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

bizzarre venture



figure 45.7. " you know we're reinfourcing the dominant male stereotype"

I've finished The Amber Spyglass, and I'll be coming out with some review soon. For now, let's cast our literary net a little wider. There's a rather twee little article about Thomas the Tank Engine, with the wonderfull summerisation:

"The stories themselves are plain little things, with...four basic plot lines: Troublesome Trucks, Proud Engine Gets His Comeuppance, Small Engine Shows His Worth, New Engine Is Shunned (And Then Wins Friends)."

Is this not a metaphor for the span of life experience, writ small?? For fun, I suggest you check out the socio-cultural analysis of the stories, it's a truely bizzarre venture.

3 Comments:

Blogger Martin said...

I look forward to your thesis on the constantly shifting moral paradigms in Button Moon

8:47 AM  
Blogger mary said...

seriously though, once i saw a fireman sam episode on sexism (on the part of station officer steele, "a woman firefighter?!" *splutters*) i can remember feeling sorry for trevor the traction engine, who just wanted to be useful, but he was slow. i was really bad at sport when i was little ("mary tries hard, but needs to develop more basic coordination skills") so this encouraged me. :) i'm not sure about the life metaphor thang (there could be lots of different goings on other than pride etc) and i never really noticed the coaches being girls thing. they were just all trainy things to me.

hehe, it's all bizarre kiddie book psychology, but fun to enter into. once me and my friend bethany thought up an entire metaphor for christanity based on the biscuit tin (jaffa cakes were sin)

10:02 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

As much as anything, this seems to be a slight case of desperation on the part of people in social and cultural studies - looking for things to write about, rather like cigerette companies they're turning to the kiddies...

12:05 AM  

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