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Thank you for sharing this story and your insight -

Marilee Lasch

wow, what an in depth revelation you have shared with us. Isn't it amazing how a fairy tale can tell us so much about ourselves. Thank you for the courage it took to share this.

K Sheffield

This is an issue that greatly puzzles me, and has split the Women's Movement:how do we define women and women's power? One way is to say that silence is weakness and voice is strength. But isn't that measuring women by patriarchal standards? Or we could say that silence is strength, either for everyone or just for women. But doesn't that cede the floor to the patriarchical norm? In any case, your article reminds me of my Aunt Louise: mostly silent as she listened to us all, but when she died we felt the strong power she'd wielded in centering our family. Real power, that. Thanks for reminding me.

Lizbeth Congiusti

Thanks so much for helping us understand how Folktales can relate to our current lives. You opened my eyes to listening to more Folktales.

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