Saturday, October 2, 2010
My Issue with "Rapunzel Syndrome"
In Rapunzel Syndrome the girl doesn't through her resources/hair out into the world to achieve adulthood, she draw it into herself to cause illness and even death. I suppose I could consider the naming deeply ironic riff on a mythic trope, but it seems more likely that it is simply glib. That someone took hair + girl and came up with = Rapunzel, without doing a lot of research.
Hence my irritation because I think, deeply and fundamentally, that girls should act boldly upon the world, that myths and fables should be respected, and that scientists should do their research. And if they did and the destructive force of female 'failure to launch' is the very point of the name... I stand corrected.