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Evil women

The Queen was such a badass character in Snow White and the Huntsmen. Snow White was a naive, helpless waif (and virgin!) completely dependent on a man to save her (damsel in distress), whereas the Queen was intelligent, powerful, independent, and ambitious. I guess the evil was that lacked compassion and killed a few men to get where she was, and the only redeeming things about Snow White were her ‘good heart’ and belief that humanity is inherently good, which actually served instead of killed her – most of all (according to popular belief) her beauty. In fact, I have a newfound bias: the bad characters can be better than the good ones, their personalities being far more dynamic, complex and nuanced. Suffice it to say, as a social critique applied to modern times this could be construed as a catfight between the ambitious, heartless ‘bitter whore’ and the beautiful, goodhearted virgin (the virgin-whore dichotomy), as if these two combinations of features are mutually exclusive from each other or that a personal desire for power and independence is evil. Also unfortunately affirmed is the idea of sex as a weapon and that women can accept or deny sex to manipulate men, as if sex were something to be acquired.
“Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.” – Andrea Dworkin


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