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“But, then again, what if they were role models?”
–Sarah Gailey, In Defense of Villainesses
The fuck they mean
“fairest of them all”?
When t’hell I ever sought to be called “fair”.
When t’hell they all ever been “fair” to me.
The only fairness found in this world
is the kind you scratch out for yourself
from the dirt
or an enemy’s eyeballs.
Why else you think I sharpen manicures
into these red-tipped claws?
This is a favor I am offering you, girl.
Not a curse. Take it.
Put your heart into this box.
(Call it “mother’s intuition,” if you must.
My heart too was soft as yours
when it still beat inside my chest.)
THE VILLAINESS SERIES is part of an ongoing collaborative project between a playwright friend and me, in which we explore how to use myths & fairy tales as tools to interrogate gender norms and to critique, resist, and heal from the impact of gender & sexual violence.
For more from my half of the project.
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And now for something completely different:
I just gave Coffee and a Blank Page its own Facebook page!
Please follow and come out to play with me there if you’re interested.
Snacks may (or may not) be involved.
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[Image detail: János Vaszary, Woman in front of the Mirror. Public Domain.]