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Excellent essay about how fiction shapes our vision
Bar Harbor
"I’m going to tell you a story about llamas. It will be like every other story you’ve ever heard about llamas: how they are covered in fine scales; how they eat their young if not raised properly; and how, at the end of their lives, they hurl themselves – lemming-like- over cliffs to drown in the surging sea. They are, at heart, sea creatures, birthed from the sea, married to it like the fishing people who make their livelihood there."

"'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle and Slaves' Narrative" by Kameron Hurley

(h/t james_nicoll)

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The essay sort of makes sense, but what's the "women, cattle, and slaves" narrative the title refers to? Is it an American thing? If so, what?

From about halfway through the essay:
Of course, we do talk about women who ran with Shaka Zulu. When I Google “women who fought for Shaka Zulu” I learn all about his “harem of 1200 women.” And his mother, of course. And this line was very popular: “Women, cattle and slaves.” One breath.

I didn't follow the link from your LJ first before commenting; I'd earlier run a massively abridged version of that essay elsewhere on the web, that was much shorter and omitted that embedded punch-in-the-gut -- and assumed I'd read the essay because they kept the title and the first few paras. Hmm. Someone is tapdancing very close to plagiarism/distortion ...

Edited at 2013-05-22 09:32 am (UTC)

"The llama is a quadruped which lives in big rivers like the Amazon. it has two ears, a heart, a forehead, and a beak for eating honey. But it is provided with fins for swimming.
"Llamas are larger than frogs.
"Llamas are dangerous, so if you see one where people are swimming, you shout:
"Look out, there are llamas!"
Monty Python's Flying Circus, Episode 9: "The ant, an introduction"

What is it about llamas that brings out this kind of humor? Not that I'm complaining.

Edited at 2013-05-23 12:31 am (UTC)

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