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dresden_kink_mods ([personal profile] dresden_kink_mods) wrote in [community profile] dresden_kink2011-03-21 09:37 pm
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Re: "Meaner than Men"

(Anonymous) 2011-07-07 10:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know. I didn't stumble over it at first, mostly because it was the first book and yeah, there are a lot of cliches about women being meaner than men are - and better at "hating" the way Harry says it. It's fairly common to find that sort of cliche. Even after I read through a few times, it didn't even blip. This time, though, it suddenly struck me that Harry's *very* insistent on the fact that it's a woman because - in his mind - only a woman could hurt someone like that.

Which to me says that he's either experienced a woman who behaved so cruelly or he's very deep in denial about a man who's acted that way. It's possible it's just the cliche and Harry's just being sexist, but it seems to me like he very much wants to believe that a man's just not capable of hating the same way a woman does.

I'm on the fence as to what I think (if you can't tell). As we go on in the books we find out that Harry's dealt with his fair share of "bitchy" men, probably just as often as the women. And one of his comments is specifically about "witches" - I believe it went something along the lines of "Hell, witches are just plain meaner than wizards." Which got me thinking about which witches (pardon the pun) he knew/knows that he's thinking of. Aside from Ancient Mai and Elaine, all the other witches I can think of are minor characters, and aren't particularly mean or cruel. Bianca isn't a witch, but she is a vampire and she does fit the "mean" category to match Harry's idea, however Morgan can also be said to be mean in a similar manner - Bianca's looking to punish Harry (with death) for a crime he didn't commit, and Morgan's looking to punish Harry (with death!) for self defense (a "crime" he had to commit).

And I can't see a witch going to Harry Dresden, thorn in the butt of the White Council and one who wears the Doom, for a little wizardly PI work.

Re: "Meaner than Men"

(Anonymous) 2011-07-07 10:59 pm (UTC)(link)
and yeah, the witches line was quoted above. silly me for not going back to look.