Christmas Virgin stories

December 9, 2012 at 11:39 am 3 comments

Here’s a note from a prof who I guest lectured for.  I thought the story was so insightful and delightful I had to share….

I am just finishing up marking essays and about to have christmas exams in a few days, so things are very busy. However something funny happened today in our last Intro level class, where we were reviewing the terms and definitions for the exam. You will be honoured I am sure, to know that some of your concepts are now on the Women’s Studies Exam!

So anyway, there I was going over the idea of the fear based world and hero quest vs the love based world and the virgin’s journey. We were trying to come up with a few issues in women’s studies that fall in to the virgin category (ie the book that the class wrote their essays on, Obasan, about the Japanese Canadian experience in WW2, has many virgin story elements). And then, one student who by his own admission is half crazed from lack of sleep and too much coffee (he is finishing up a paper for another class), said “Well, isn’t Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer a virgin story?” This got a big laugh from the class, and I just wanted to let you know it has become the tag for “Virgin’s Journey” in our class.

And yes, I would say Rudolf was on his Virgin’s journey.

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  • 1. Lorne Agnew  |  December 11, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Kim: Good to see students are both studying your ideas and developing fresh examples of Virgin stories. I hope your prof colleague guides students to identify many other Virgin characters mistakenly labelled as heroines or even “independent” heroes. Need I tell you, the failure to distinguish the two discrete archetypes, the Hero and the Virgin, is sadly, endemic in film analysis. Let’s hope the story of Rudolph’s authentic identity signals a positive change in that.
    Merry Christmas and keep up the insightful work!

  • 2. julie swanson  |  December 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hi, Kim. I saw BRAVE recently and really enjoyed it but had read a bunch of critical reviews on it, one calling it “a failure of feminine empowerment.’ I wondered what you thought of it.

    Merry Christmas!


    • 3. Kim Hudson  |  December 30, 2012 at 5:32 am

      I really enjoyed Brave as well. There was lots of questioning about sexual identity in the media but maybe that is the point. Sexual identity needs to be honestly considered and individually chosen with all options available, despite what community expects. Brave was visually and magically appealing and followed the structure of a virgin story really well. Check out the blog I worte on it earlier.


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