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Women and other monsters : building a new mythology / Jess Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, Jess, (author.). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Sister monster. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : How to turn a man to stone. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Voracious. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Dogs below the waist. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Singing for bread. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Snatchers. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : That's what you think. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Social justice warriors. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Deep houses. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Shark, snake, swarm. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Come back twice as hard. (Added Author). Zimmerman, Jess. Container of (work) : Mother of monsters. (Added Author).

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North Kansas City Public Library 155.33382 ZIMMERMAN 2021 (Text) 0001002438131 Nonfiction New Available -

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-210).
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Sister monster -- How to turn a man to stone -- Voracious -- Dogs below the waist -- Singing for bread -- The snatchers -- That's what you think -- Social justice warriors -- Deep houses -- Shark, snake, swarm -- Come back twice as hard -- Mother of monsters.
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"This essay collection uses female monsters from Greek mythology to explore traits that women are taught to suppress, and encourage readers to embrace them instead"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Self-esteem in women.
Misogyny.
Monsters.
Mythology, Greek.
Genre: Essays.

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Women and Other Monsters : Building a New Mythology
Women and Other Monsters : Building a New Mythology
by Zimmerman, Jess
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Women and Other Monsters : Building a New Mythology


A fresh cultural analysis of female monsters from Greek mythology, and an invitation for all women to reclaim these stories as inspiration for a more wild, more "monstrous" version of feminism The folklore that has shaped our dominant culture teems with frightening female creatures. In our language, in our stories (many written by men), we underline the idea that women who step out of bounds--who are angry or greedy or ambitious, who are overtly sexual or not sexy enough--aren't just outside the norm. They're unnatural. Monstrous. But maybe, the traits we've been told make us dangerous and undesirable are actually our greatest strengths. Through fresh analysis of eleven female monsters, including Medusa, the Harpies, the Furies, and the Sphinx, Jess Zimmerman takes us on an illuminating feminist journey through mythology. She guides women (and others) to reexamine their relationships with traits like hunger, anger, ugliness, and ambition, teaching readers to embrace a new image of the female hero: one that looks a lot like a monster, with the agency and power to match. Often, women try to avoid the feeling of monstrousness, of being grotesquely alien, by tamping down those qualities that we're told fall outside the bounds of natural femininity. But monsters also get to do what other female characters--damsels, love interests, and even most heroines--do not. Monsters get to be complete, unrestrained, and larger than life. Today, women are becoming increasingly aware of the ways rules and socially constructed expectations have diminished us. After seeing where compliance gets us--harassed, shut out, and ruled by predators--women have never been more ready to become repellent, fearsome, and ravenous.

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