Diego Morales

Diego Morales is an independent writer and researcher who specializes in classic and premodern literature. He is interested in how old works illuminate contemporary culture.

Arawelo: The Somalian Legend that Endorses Men’s Rights

Queen Arawelo is among the best-known folktale characters. Originally an obscure figure outside of Somalia, her legend has reached international audiences due to English-language media: a graphic novel (Mohamed, 2014), an article in biographies of women in history (Porath, 2016), and a theatrical production in London. There’s even a website for diasporic Somalian women named …

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Masculine Enchantments: Fairy Tales and Men’s Rights

The Men’s Rights Movement exists to recognize and ameliorate problems, institutional or social, that predominantly or exclusively harm boys and men. To that end, activists have adopted strategies ranging from filmmaking to legal action. Media analysis has also been done (Allemano, 2012) but with folktales largely ignored. This is unfortunate since folklore in its various …

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Why Men’s Rights Activists Should Care About Folklore

Feminism is ubiquitous in fairy tale studies. Donald Haase edited a book about it: Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches. Nancy Canepa, in Teaching Fairy Tales, called it “groundbreaking” and responsible for “stimulating” conversations within the field. Jack Zipes declared Laura Gonzenbach more important than the Brothers Grimm in his introduction to Beautiful Angiola, because …

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