Thursday, December 20, 2007

Snowmen-Politically Incorrect

A quote from a University of Birmingham (UK) art historian Tricia Cusack:
The snowman is, of course, white and invariably male... [His] ritual location in the semi-public space of garden or field imaginatively reinforces a spatial social system, marking women's proper sphere as the domestic-private and men's as the commercial-public... It presents an image, however jocular, of a masculine control of public space... Like Father Christmas, he is round, fat and smiling, suggesting overindulgence. The classic carnival figure is a fat, lusty eater and drinker.
What would we do without academics?


Lance Burri said...

That was on my "365 Stupidest Things Ever Said" calendar!

Steve Burri said...

Yes, December 18th. I added the Father Christmas portion after I looked up Cusack and saw more of her gems.