NaPoWriMo, Day 19

Someday My Prince Will Understand Consent

The young prince stumbled upon the fairest of them all—
porcelain skin, hair raven black—deep asleep in her grave.
He had heard rumors throughout the kingdom
of the trick that would make Snow White wake:
a kiss from her one true love was all that it would take.
But the kingdom was also deep in the time
of female empowerment and cries of “me too,”
presenting the prince with quite a conundrum:
to revive Snow White with a kiss taken without consent
or to leave her where she lay out of utmost respect and proper decorum.
Luckily and tragically for dear Snow White,
the prince was raised by a strong woman to uphold women’s rights.
He knew what he must do.
“Goodbye, my love,” the prince said with lowered head,
for respecting her body meant leaving her dead.
But hope was not lost and true love is a societal construct!
All the people in the land who preferred the male sex
fell in line outside his door.
“A man who sacrificed love for women’s rights?
Where he at, honey? Sign me up!”

Prompt – Reimagine a fictional character/mythical creature. From @amykaypoetry

Ghostland’s Exploration of the Effects of Spiritualism on Women’s Rights & Female Stereotypes

Happy October!

As All Hallow’s Eve looms closer, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead thins, until the one night of the year that spirits can step from their realm into ours—at least according to the Celtic traditions that evolved into modern day Halloween.

In celebration of all things creepy, crawly, and spooky, I’m reading Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey. In it, Dickey delves into the creaky floors, endless halls, and hidden staircases of America’s most famous haunted houses, hotels, churches, graveyards, cities, and public spaces.

A Brief Introduction to Ghostland

Even though Dickey explains in the “Author’s Note” that Ghostland is not about proving or disproving the existence of ghosts, he does, in a way, dispel their existence. That is, he offers historical explanations of the supposed ghosts’ former lives and the stories that people created about them. He clears up rumors, sets the stories straight. In a lot of cases, the lives of haunted houses’ former residents were exaggerated after suspicions of paranormal activity arose. Continue reading Ghostland’s Exploration of the Effects of Spiritualism on Women’s Rights & Female Stereotypes