The world’s shortest fairy tale

I don’t believe in fairy tales, but this one I received by email today and quite like:

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl “Will you marry me?”

The girl said, “No.”

And the girl lived happily ever after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, did whatever the hell she wanted, never argued, didn’t get fat, travelled more, had many lovers, didn’t save money, and had all the hot water to herself. She went to the theatre, never watched sports, never wore lacy lingerie that went up her ass, had high self esteem, never cried or yelled, felt and looked fabulous in sweat pants, and burped, swore, and farted all the time.

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  1. Interestingly enough – for those of us who have studied ‘folk-tales’ from a historico-cultural perspective – your heroine ought to have achieved, not avoided, ‘plumpness’. In the peasant worldview, to be plump (Oh my God, not FAT?!) was to be successful – by way of not going hungry – and to be thin (Don’t you mean like SLIM and hot?) was a sign of privation, hinting at the very real chance of starvation. Successful folk-tale women always end up plump and well fed.

    And I think there’s another unresolved contradiction in your efairy’s dream: is being ‘thin’ (not-fat) really a sign of freedom? Isn’t it rather the requirement for a part in that Martini commercial? Isn’t it an indication of an insidious and subcutaneous conformity to the image of women looking good only when they pander to male covert fantasies of young girls?

    I fear your heroine has yet to find her real wings.

  2. this fairy tale to me a lot of the famous fairy tales ….sounds, well .. grim

    there is a beautiful fairy tale story by Marukami in his short story collection “The elephant vanishes” called i think “upon seeing the 100% perfect girl in the world for me “… now thats a great post modern fariy tale …
    & do check out the worlds greatest fairy tale ..the Professor & the mermaid by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

    and as for the dull sounding girl in the posted fairy tale …she would have missed out on the fun… and the classic line that Robert Mitchum said to his wife the first time that they ever met ….” marry me and you can fart through silk forever >>>”” ..and she did ….

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