Women, Lend Me Your Ears…
Jonathan Carroll
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I don’t think I can comment accurately enough if it is a fragment from a longer piece. Nonetheless, if this is what you chose to show us, then it carries a message powerful enough to call our attention.

I don’t agree. At all. There are narcisistic men as well as women (yes, the original myth was about a man, but we know that the situations myths describe can be for both men and women, like Edipus for example).

Plus, there was something more that was so precious about her telling these storie: on one hand, we have a strong woman, using the intelligence that no men seemed to have or dare to use on their behalf. On the other hand, I think it has to do with the primal notion of the universe as a verbal, musical place. Many religions talk about God speaking and creating with his voice, or music, or songs that create the universe. We’ve all heard (cartoons used this resort many times) about the music being able to pacify beasts.

In this case, Sherezade’s voice is the sound that captivates the king, who has become a beast due to his jealousy. It may be a source for funny observations to draw a paralel between this story and dating, but I don’t think it’s the most effective one nor the most honest way to depict it for both (nor dating is always like this, nor was Sherezade’s situation at all like that).

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