Monstrous imagination: an ontological experience.

The women who have been most acceptable to patriarchal culture are those who have been powerless; passive rather than active, self-sacrificing rather than self-assertive, meek rather than bold. Mythology, religion, fairy tales and popular literature all reflect this split in its myriad forms. The "good" submissive women have been rewarded with praise, marriage, admiration and sanctification; the "bad" assertive women punished by ostracism, opprobrium and death

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The Kindred: A story revealed in a place as close as home

When I meet a person sometimes I see this character within them. Not their ego, not their fears, not their beauty or charm, but something else. Some kind of archetype. Sometimes it's powerful and massive and sometimes it shy and shrinking. Sometimes it's even a little eerie and unerving. But not this time.

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School Mistress: cultivating the wicked

She moves through this experience of learning how good she was at being bad, to being released out into the world a new naïve fledgling villain, hungry at the prospect of her first victim and then onto the fully mature evil queen bathing in the blood of innocence, fully realized and without remorse.

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