finger pricking

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wool and thread embroidery on rubber

wool and thread embroidery on rubber

According to Bruno Bettelheim in The uses of enchantment, pricked fingers in fairytales symbolizes menstruation as a precondition for conception.

“The story begins with Snow White’s mother pricking her finger so that 3 drops of red blood falls on the snow.  Here the problems the story sets out to solve are intimated: sexual innocence, whiteness, is contrasted with sexual desire, symbolized by the red blood.  Fairy tales prepare the child to accepted what is otherwise a most upsetting event: sexual bleeding.  Without detailed explanations the child learns that without bleeding no child – not even he – could have been born.”

wool and thread embroidery on rubber

wool and thread embroidery on rubber

Well, I’m certainly not preparing myself for another child, my fingers are bleeding purely due to trying to embroider on rubber…..

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