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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Win Condition. 
12th-Mar-2011 05:33 pm
My daughter's birthday party is right now. The kids are watching Labyrinth. My first moment of amusement: they unilaterally condemn Sara's irresponsibility and exaggeration ("Oh my god, you only have to babysit once a week. You are not a slave, Sara.") My second moment of amusement: The kids are Very Aware of David Bowie's Package.

But the real win here:

Sara kisses Hoggle over his protests, and they are chuted down to the Bog of Eternal Stench.

E: See? You shouldn't kiss people when they tell you not to.
A: That's a lesson in general.
T: That's a lesson for men.
A: Heeey. Just because someone has a penis doesn't mean they can't be raped.
L, quietly: Is that true?
E: Oh, yeah. People of any gender can be raped by people of any gender.

And then they moved on. But just the fact that that conversation happened and that multiple teenage girls were like "yep, there are totally non-female survivors too" strikes me as a win.
12th-Mar-2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Strikes me as a win, too.
12th-Mar-2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed! Elayna and her friends are way more aware of such things that I ever was at that age.
12th-Mar-2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
12th-Mar-2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, that just made my day. I'm thankful that there are adolescents who are comfortable having these kinds of conversations, that they aren't afraid to ask the difficult questions and stand up for folks of all genders. Win, indeed.
13th-Mar-2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Bonus awesomeness for having these conversations in front of the grownups.
12th-Mar-2011 11:11 pm (UTC) - Very much a win...
Thanks, that was just plain cool to see.
12th-Mar-2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Total win.
13th-Mar-2011 12:29 am (UTC)
13th-Mar-2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Yeah. But the world being as it is, we can at least be thankful that they're not misinformed...
13th-Mar-2011 01:44 am (UTC)
13th-Mar-2011 03:10 am (UTC)
As horrid as the whole Catholic priest sex scandal has been (both in its existence and in its handling), one of the positive results is men feeling less stigmatized coming forward about abuse and rape. If a 70-year-old man can yell at a panel of... crap.. can't remember... if he can yell about the abuse he experienced as a kid and the nightmares he still has now, and do it in a forum for all the world to hear, yeah, we're getting somewhere.

The exchange at the party also speaks to the incredible home you have made with your family, where safe conversations about scary things can happen in the middle of a silly movie.

And the bog provided me with the only quote I took from that movie: SMELLS BAAAAAAD!
13th-Mar-2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Elayna and her friends undersand this, and my niece is a co-founder of the Gay/Straight Alliance at her high school. The win is strong with these young padwans. They give me hope.
13th-Mar-2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
All kinds of win. :)
13th-Mar-2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
*smile* Excellent.
13th-Mar-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
13th-Mar-2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
You got yourself a pretty damn awesome kid there, S. (Not like this is news, but every so often it's nice to have yet another reason to add to the list!)
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13th-Mar-2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Awesome. More evidence to support my belief that this next generation will be the one to fix it all.
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