ELIJAH WOULD  1:20 pm September 16, 2010

Christine O’Donnell Reveals Her Feminist Icons: LOTR Characters

by Jack Stuef

Hillary Clinton, basically.Hey, somebody sent us the full article from Christine O’Donnell’s admission yesterday that she had lots of sex in college! Thanks, “Kyle M.” “I’m a conservative woman, but many conservative men really are chauvinistic,” she said in the article, as one of the reasons why now nobody wants to be with her. And also, when asked about watching The Apprentice, she said this: “Number one, I have no social life.” But there is also a strange claim that she “writes columns” that have appeared “mostly” on catholicexchange.com. Except she only wrote one article for that site, and it’s about how the female characters of Lord of the Rings are strong feminist icons.

Actually, that article is rather hard to find, because Catholic Exchange doesn’t seem to allow that particular page to be indexed. WEIRD.

This story actually broke yesterday, when somebody at C-SPAN found an old video of O’Donnell making a speech about this and sent it around. But we weren’t paying attention, so whatever.

It’s important to note that J.R.R. Tolkien was Catholic, so that’s why O’Donnell has to defend his honor and this Catholic site posted it. But let’s get to the article!

The Bittersweet Complexities of True Womanhood

GREAT HEADING!

Even as I researched this article, the only writings on Tolkien and feminism I found were on websites for freebee high school essays.

And thus O’Donnell and her colleagues contribute to the greatness of our high school academia.

Tolkien offers insight into what it means to be a woman. He strikes a delicate balance between the extreme attitudes of feminism. His female characters, although drastically different from each other in personality, manifest at their core, true womanly femininity.

Oh, a “womanly” femininity. Not that other kind.

When we first met Eowyn, she was conflicted about the fire inside of her. For her whole life she was expected to behave like Arwen, though she desired to take an active role in stopping the downward changes occurring in her country. When this wasn’t permitted, the wild spirit in her was stifled and gave way to bitterness and despair. It is only when she reconciles her femininity with her warrior spirit that the torment is gone, and her true womanhood is discovered.

Aha! Just like Christine O’Donnell running for Senate! Or something.

Peter Jackson’s adaptation is contradictory to this image. In Jackson’s introduction of Arwen, there is an out of place sauciness that goes against the meekness of her character. It’s unnecessary, too much embellishment. It’s like putting cheesecake on a lobster tail. Both are great foods, but they do not belong together. Nor is one better than the other.

Haha, “like putting cheesecake on a lobster tail” is the most brilliant analogy ever. We need this woman speaking on the Senate floor. [Catholic Exchange]

 
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