A terrific post from Sharon Blackie about women working together.
The tale ‘Kate Crackernuts’, retold in Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, is a noteworthy example of this in which Katie helps her stepsister Lady Kate.
One of my favourite stories in Irish mythology is called ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ – the Emer in question being the wife of the great warrior (but not so great husband) Cú Chulainn. I love it because it wonderfully subverts the usual ‘betrayed wife’ narrative, and the other cultural narratives which (even to this day) suggest that women can never really trust each other, but can only ever be competitors.
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