Introvert fairy tales

Introvert Fair Tales, or as Sophie describes her site, “What ‘Happily Ever After’ looks like when being alone isn’t a problem to be fixed.”  There are only a few short posts on this blog and they’re not great literary works, but they do question our acceptance of highly social behavior as normal and all other personality or neurological conditions as disordered.  One of my favorites is below.  (hat tip: MetaFilter)

Snow White, by hypercrabby on deviantart

Snow White escapes from her family who follow a strict fruitarian diet and flees into the forest. She is taken in by a bunch of kind and friendly men with stable jobs, but eventually the stress of living in a shared house with seven other people who are fond of communal singing leads her to self-medicate and OD.

Her housemates take care of her as best they can, but don’t really understand the problem. Eventually a woodcutter comes along and mentions that he has a cottage not far from here, she’d have her own space and he’s a pretty quiet guy and is out a lot anyway so won’t get underfoot. Snow White nods and moves in to the small extra room in the cottage that very day.

Every second Saturday she goes to have lunch with her seven old housemates and they have a fantastic time (she still loves them dearly) and she has the two whole weeks to recover in peace and quiet.

Grumpy is vaguely jealous of Snow White’s new arrangement and is certain he’d have a different nickname if he got a bit of peace and quiet too. He has been seen hauling timber and construction tools to an undisclosed location.

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One thought on “Introvert fairy tales

  1. It’s telling that living alone is so naturally linked to introversion in this story- but it’s not a very accurate characterization. A recent broadcast from To The Best of Our Knowledge looks at the huge demographic shift occurring in America toward living alone, and interviews sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of the recent “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone”. His research finds that the new populations “going solo” are generally neither lonely nor misanthropic, and to the contrary have very fulfilling social lives.

    http://ttbook.org/book/new-alone

    The basic statistics are amazing:

    “In 1950, there were about 4 million Americans living alone. They accounted for 9 percent of all households, and at that time about 22 percent of Americans were single or unmarried. Today, to put that in perspective, there are about 33 million Americans living alone. They account for about 28 percent of all households at the national level. It is much higher in cities, and nearly one half of all American adults are single.”

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