Paul Andinach pandinac at
Thu May 4 22:37:34 EDT 2000

On Thu, 4 May 2000, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> The example I keep coming back to lately is Tamora Pierce's Alanna
> series.  It's not crappy at all, of course, but it's one of those
> things that doesn't hold the same pleasure for me now as it did when
> I was twelve.  The main reason for this is that it was one of the
> first "feminist" series I'd ever read, and it was just incredible. 
> Now, it hasn't changed at all, but (in the course of fifteen more
> years of feminist reading) *I* have.  And if I get to looking too
> closely at it (because I do reread it on occasion) I can feel little
> bits of that memory disappearing and being replaced with
> criticism--"I can't BELIEVE she wrote it that way, that's so
> cliched!" or "Come ON, there is no such thing as identical boy-girl
> twins!"

Nothing wrong with 'identical' boy-girl twins. *Shakespeare* used
identical boy-girl twins.
(Anyway, are they actually impossible, or just horrendously unlikely?)

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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