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Chapter Five - Female Destructiveness in Fairy Tales and Myths

Karnac Books ePub

Anneli Larmo

Introduction

We read more and more often in newspapers of violent acts performed by girls and women. One such report was published in Helsingin Sanomat in September 2011. It stated that girls between twelve and eighteen years old accepted beating and were not ashamed to express violence. On the other hand, the same article declared that, when interviewed, the same girls said that one should not hit other people and that conflicts ought to be resolved by talking. In October 2011, the newspaper reported that teenage girls physically attacked their peers in Espoo and, in April, 2012 another newspaper, Hufvudstadtsbladet, wrote, “The woman who killed her two children mitigated her crime by saying that she wanted to punish her husband for having left her and the children for another woman”. What do such news stories tell us about girls and young women today? What is our relationship to girls’ and women's violence today? Do we judge it more severely than boys’ violent behaviour? What about the cultural norms: are they different for boys and girls? Finally, how do the unconscious wishes, fears, and fantasies about woman/mother affect our relationship to girls’ and women's violence?

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1. Amalgamating an Empire

Nicholas A. Robins Indiana University Press ePub

When Francisco Pizarro and his band of conquerors landed on the coast of Peru in 1532 they, like many of their compatriots, were inspired in no small measure by the legendary success of Hernán Cortés in New Spain. In 1521, following an epic and bloody saga, Cortés and his followers finally conquered the Aztec empire. Their victory rendered to Spain, and themselves, one of the New World’s most powerful empires and its seemingly infinite riches. Like Cortés and thousands of conquistadores throughout the Americas, Pizarro and his followers were generally men of modest means and little formal education, whose independent spirits were matched by their ruthless ambition.

Unlike most of their contemporaries, however, Pizarro and his men would encounter a highly developed civilization whose achievements in constructing roads, bridges, and buildings astonished them. Taking a page from Cortés’ playbook, Pizarro would exploit internal divisions within native society and hold a native king, Atahualpa, hostage in order to wrest control of his empire. After Pizarro promised to spare the Inca king’s life in exchange for filling three rooms with tons of gold and silver, the conqueror then ordered him killed, fearing he was plotting an uprising. The sheer amount of gold and silver that Atahualpa was able to gather before being garroted demonstrated beyond any doubt to the Spaniards that the empire they had seized was endowed with almost unimaginable wealth.

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Chapter 6 Narrative of Jonathan Dennis’ archive

Emma Jean Kelly John Libbey Publishing ePub

When filmmaker Peter Wells made an audiovisual recording of Jonathan Dennis at his house as Dennis was dying of cancer in late 2001, he used a small hand-held digital camera which he felt was less intrusive than a film camera which would have required a crew. Wells admits this made for “an amateurishly shot home video”, but felt “it wasn’t that kind of massive invasion that you used to get with film. I was just there as a friend, really, and it was part of the privilege of being there” (Wells cited in Cardy, 2004). The edited footage from this recording was later interwoven with an oral history recording made by other friends (Elizabeth Alley and Gareth Watkins) and eventually the film Friendship Is the Harbour of Joy was screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival (Prod. & Dir. P. Wells, 2004). The film was then seen by a number of people and it in turn became one of the texts of the narrative of the life of Jonathan Dennis. This film is tangible evidence of Dennis’ life: his house, his friendships and interests. It bears testament to Wells’ and Dennis’ friendship, which was partly based on a mutual fascination with film as a medium – not just for transmitting audio visual images, but as an artefact in and of itself. Using a camera, Wells is able to capture recordings of verbal and non-verbal information. These sounds and images represent the “languages of the unsayable ... negations, erasures, revisions, smokescreens and silences” through which a narrative is told (Sorsoli, 2007 p.306). The title refers tacitly to Wells’ own friendship with Dennis, but more explicitly it depicts the friendship of Dennis and Witarina Harris.

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8. Killing Intensifies

Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown University of North Texas Press ePub

CHAPTER 8

KILLING INTENSIFIES

“The feud between the Sutton and Taylor parties, which had likely to have provided a bloody encounter lately, at Cuero, has been happily adjusted.”

Austin Daily Democratic Statesman, January 22, 1874

The killing of Jack Helm certainly caused members of the Sutton party great concern as it was obvious that with Hardin’s leadership, the lay of the battlefields had changed in favor of the Taylors. Hardin’s unbridled and psychopathic aggressiveness was now openly shown. He may have seen himself as a freedom fighter, killing the enemies who would kill him and his friends or deny his liberty. Sutton had been wounded in an ambush and he and Capt. Joe Tumlinson both now may have pondered their next moves in the wake of the killing machine that Wesley Hardin was. As Jim Taylor had made it clear to all, he wanted the chance to kill Bill Sutton, and he would if he could get to him before any of the others did. Now the obvious target was Joe Tumlinson.

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1 Welcome to 2020

Laura Lefkowits Solution Tree Press ePub

In the early 1970s, top executives at Royal Dutch Shell had an uneasy feeling that their world was about to change, profoundly and forever. As Art Kleiner recounts in his book The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management (2008), as the seventies dawned, nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) were expressing growing discontent about simply renting their land to oil companies; they now wanted a piece of the action—namely, stock in the oil companies. At the same time that these dark clouds were forming over the oil supply, global thirst for oil continued to rise, putting the world only one or two oil-supply hiccups away from a major spike in prices.

Shell executives could see that these two trends were on a collision course—one that could lead to a worldwide oil shortage and economic calamity. Shell officials and managers knew they needed to do something different, yet they weren’t sure what course to take. So, for the most part, they proceeded with business as usual—buying the same equipment, leases, and contracts as if nothing would happen.

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