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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Snow White.
Once there was a young princess who was not at all unpleasant to look at and had a temperament that many found to be more pleasant than most other people’s. Her nickname was Snow White. After her mother’s death, her father, the king asked another wommon to be his queen. Snow white did her best to please her new mother-of step, but a cold distance remained between them.
The queen’s prized possession was a magic mirror that would answer truthfully any question asked it. Now, years of social conditioning in a male hierarchial dictatorship had left the queen very insecure about her own self-worth. Physical beauty was the one standard she cared about now, and she defined herself solely in regard to her personal appearance. So every morning the queen would ask the mirror:
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who’s the fairest one of all?”
Her mirror would anwer:
“For all it’s worth, O my queen, Your beauty is the fairest to be seen.”
That dialogue went on regularly until once when the queen was having a bad hair day and was desperately in need of support, she asked the usual question and the mirror answered:
“Alas, if worth be based on beauty, Snow White has surpassed you, cutie.”
At this, the queen flew into a rage. She ordered the royal woodsperson to take Snow White into the forest and kill her. The woodsperson, a kind soul, sadly agreed to these orders, and led the girl, who was actually now a young wommon, into the middle of the forest. He told Snow White of the oppressive and unsisterly order of the queen and told her to run as deeply as she could into the forest.
Snow White ran deep into the woods. Just when she thought she had fled as far as she could form civilization and its unhealthy influences, she stumbled upon a cottage. Inside she saw seven tiny beds, set in a row and all unmade. The beds looked so inviting that the tired youngster curled up on one and immediately fell asleep.
When she awoke several hours later, she saw the faces of seven bearded, vertically challenged men surrounding the bed. She sat up with a start and gasped. One of the men said, “You see that? Just like a flighty woman: resting peacefully one minute, up and screaming the next.” When Snow White finally regained her senses, she begged, “Please, please don’t kill me. I meant no harm by sleeping on your bed. I thought no one would ever notice.” - “Don’t try to play victim with us, kid!” Snarled one man.
“Yes, we are known as the seven towering giants!” cried another, “And we are dedicated stewards of the earth and live here in harmony with nature. To make ends meet, we also conduct retreats who need to get in touch with their primitive masculine idnetities.”
“So what does that involve,” asked Snow White, “aside from drinking milk straight from the carton?”
“Your sarcasm is ill-advised,” warned the leader of the Seven Towering Giants. “My fellow giants want to get rid of our corrupting feminine presence, and I might not be able to stop them, understand? -- My men, we must speak our hearts openly and honestly. Let us adjourn to the sweat lodge!”
Meanwhile, back at the castle, the queen rejoiced at the thought that her rival in beauty had been eliminated. She puttered around her boudoir reading Elle and Glamour, and indulged herself with three whole pieces of chocolate without purging. Later, she confidently strolled up to her magic mirror and asked her same, sad question:
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who’s the fairest one of all?” - The mirror replied, “Your weight is perfect for your shape and height, But for sheer OOOOMPH!, you can’t beat Snow White.”
At this news, the queen clenched her fists and screamed at the top of her lungs. For years, her insecurities had been eating away at her until now they turned her into someone who was morally out of the mainstream. With cunning and malice, she began to devise a plan to ensure the nonviability of her daughter-of-step.
[This is where my two children fell asleep, not the best story to tell but effective ;) ]
A few days later, there was a knock on the door of the cottage. Snow White opened the door to find a chronologically giften woman with a basket in her hand. By the look of her clothes, she was apparently unfettered by the confines of regular employment.
“Help a woman of unreliable income, dearie,” she said, “and buy one of my apples.” Snow White thought for a moment. In protest against agribusiness conglomerates, she had a personal rule against buying food from middlepersons. but her heart went out to the economically marginalized woman, so she said yes. Little did she know this apple was poisoned. The queen burst into tears.
“Why, what’s the matter?” asked Snow White.
“You’re so young and beautiful.” sobbed the queen. “How do you stay in such perfect shape?” -- “Well, I meditate, work out in step aerobics three hours a day, and eat only half-portions of anything placed in front of me. Would you like me to show you?”
“Oh, yes, yes, please,” said the queen. So they started out with 30 minutes of simple hatha yoga meditation, then worked out on step for another hour. As they relaxed afterward, Snow White cut her apple in half and gave a piece to the queen. Without thinking, the queen bit into it, and both of them fell into a deep sleep.
Later that day, the Seven Towering Giants returned from a retreat in the woods, elaborately decked out in animal skins, feathers, and mud. With them was a prince from a nearby kingdom, who had come on this male retreat to find a cure for his impotence (or, as he preferred to call it, his involuntary suspension from phallocentric activity.) They were all laughing and high-fiving until they saw the bodies stopped short.
“What has happened?” asked the prince.
“Apparently our house guest and this other woman got into some sort of catfight and killed each other,” surmised one giant.
“You know,” said the prince, “this might sound a little sick, but I trust you guys. I find that younger one attractive. Extremely attracitive. Would you fellows mind...um...waiting outside while I...?”
“Stop right there!” said the leader of the giants. “These half-eaten apple pieces, that filthy-costume--this has all the earmarks of some sort of magic spell. They’re not really dead at all.”
“Whew,” sighed the prince, “that makes me feel better. So, could you guys take five and let me...?”
“Hold it, Prince,” said the leader. “Does Snow White make you feel like a man again?” “She certainly does. Now, could you guys...?”
Just then the pieces of poisoned apple fell from the mouths of Snow White and the queen, and they awoke from the spell.
“What do you think you’re doing? Put us down!” they shouted. The giants were so startled they almost dropped the womyn to the floor.
“That’s the most sickening thing I have ever heard!” shouted the queen. “Offering us around like pieces of property!”
“And you,” said Snow White to the prince, “trying to make it with a girl in a coma! Yuck!”
There was much shouting and name-calling, but the queen eventually had her way and the Seven Towering Giants were evicted from their own home. Before the Seven Towering Giants were kicked out, they packed up their sweat lodge and moved deeper into the woods. The prince stayed on at the spa as a cute but harmless tennis pro. And Snow White and the queen became good friends and earned world-wide fame for their contributions to sisterhood. The giants were never heard from again, save for little muddy footprints that were sometimes found in the morning outside the windows of the womyn’s locker room.