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20 Twilight Lessons Worth Learning…

December 7, 2009

Last week I posted 20 unfortunate lessons and promised a list of fortunate lessons would follow.

Here it is:

  1. Books are cool
  2. Native American people exist
  3. Not everyone is wealthy
  4. Not all females like to shop
  5. Dads are people too
  6. Education and intellectual pursuits are worthwhile
  7. Diversity is good – all beings are equal, white, non-white, vampire, werewolf…
  8. Females can be super-heroes too
  9. Females have (sexual) desires (and they don’t need vampire policing!)
  10. There are other options besides monogamy/marriage (although, admittedly, the series ultimately capitulates to the marriage as happy ending norm)
  11. Friend and family bonds are important
  12. Taking risks, standing up for what you believe in, and speaking your mind are important
  13. The world is a big, diverse, dangerous, wonderful place and we would do well to embrace difference rather than ignore it
  14. Violence against women is a real problem – whether perpetuated by vampires, werewolves, or humans
  15. Women must live their lives according to a “rape schedule” and will likely be raped by someone they know (as with Rosalie)
  16. We live in bodies — disability, disfigurement, illness exist (though apparently fatness does not)
  17. Austen, Bronte, Shakespeare, etc are worth reading
  18. The beauty myth damages all women just as the codes of masculinity damage men
  19. There are more important things in life than buying the next gadget or attending prom
  20. The “good girl” paradigm needs to have a wooden stake driven through its perfect, skinny heart
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2010 2:56 am

    Just found your blog and I really like it.

    #3 hit home. I still get excited when I read books/see movies with central characters who are not wealthy (and are not bemoaning that fact)

    • natalie wilson permalink*
      January 18, 2010 6:32 pm

      Thanks Kjen! Welcome to the blog!

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