My Two Cents: November 18, 2016

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Well, we’ve survived the first full week of the new reality show roll out, Trump Takes Washington. With heavy hearts Hillary supporters struggle to make sense of this new world order, while Trump and his menagerie of offspring head to D.C. to begin their new game of Celebrity Monopoly.

Many women have backtracked on their original threats to leave the country if Trump wins. Lena Dunham decided to skip Canada and instead retreated to the deserts of Arizona to regroup. She apparently “asked the canyon for some guidance.” Eye roll. I hope she packed enough mushrooms for her stay.

The best news I’ve heard all week is that Mitt Romney is scheduled to meet with Trump this weekend. It gives me hope that a grown-up without white supremacy tendencies may actually be dealt into the game.  There’s a lot of talk about Son-in-Law-in-Chief Jared Kushner’s role in the new administration. I say, let the guy in…he’s cute and I think we need a Trump Whisperer. From what I’ve heard about the young man, he is reported to be very smart, soft-spoken and reserved, basically the opposite of Trump. It actually gives me a bit of peace to think it will be him and Ivanka who may be really calling the shots. They may turn every White House dinner into an HSN event, but at least I think they will pass on blowing up the world.

On a brighter note, I’m polishing off our Anniversary Issue of Gravitas, which will be in mailboxes shortly. In this issue, I meet some interesting young women in technology and pen an article, Rewrite Your Fairytale. Here’s a little clip:

As a girl I spent copious amounts of time dreaming about the day Prince Charming on his unicorn would gallop across a field of sunflowers to save me. I’ve always had a rather inventive imagination and yet, being a good little girl, I never veered far off script. The rules of life were clearly defined for me in fairy tales, which I dutifully followed.

First and foremost, a girl must be beautiful, and not just run-of-the-mill pretty, but stunningly attractive with golden hair, preferably, that sparkles like spun gold and piercing blue eyes the color of the summer sky. She must also be thin, of course, with a waist smaller than her head according to Disney’s illustrations. Like Sleeping Beauty, she will exist in a state of suspended animation until the day a courageous, rich and powerful prince awakens her with a kiss, a declaration of his undying love. Then, and only then, can a girl’s “happily ever after” begin.

The stories of our childhood provided a blueprint of the world with our experiences eventually coloring in the details. We identify with characters and craft our sense of self around them. The male and female roles that fairy tales prescribe form the basic structure from which children develop their own identity and sense of purpose.

Our parents never intended to entrap their daughters in a glass cage; most of us were raised by well-intended parents who simply passed on the traditions of their own childhood. The misogynistic stories lining the shelves of the children’s section of the library aside, the entertainment industry thrives on perpetuating violence, sexual objectification and the damsel-in-distress characterization. It’s no wonder that while women today have more freedom and opportunities than ever, the majority of us quietly suffer intense self-doubt under the façade of success.

Thankfully the tide is turning with the phenomenal success of the “Frozen” sisters, we will undoubtedly be flooded with more heroine-driven animations in the years to come. In 50 years, girls may truly be raised in total equality, but at the moment, they are being raised by us: the daughters of misinformation and messed-up fairy tales. Those of us indoctrinated with Cinderella and Snow White deserve a rewrite.

Written by Jules Lewis Gibson, founder and editor in chief of GRAVITAS Magazine


Oh and by the way, it would really help a girl out if you would buy a subscription to GRAVITAS or give one to a friend- CLICK HERE.
These magazines don’t make themselves 🙂

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