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(NPR)   "The Little Engine That Could" is one of the earliest archetypes of the Feminist Hero   (npr.org) divider line 74
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2014-07-09 04:16:23 PM  
First to pull a train?
 
2014-07-09 04:19:54 PM  
Once upon a time, deep deep in the jungle,there was a little engine that could. he was chuggin his way across the enemy line.

Chugga chugga chugga CHOO CHOO

His mission was to take some AK47s and a nuclear payload across the mountains to the 22nd battallion. Needless to say, there was PLENTY OF OPPOSITION!

Chugga chugga chugga CHOO CHOO

Not even when they climbed aboard the train and Gouged out the eyes of the conductor, blood and snot drippin' out his eye sockets. that didn't stop the little engine that could.

Chugga chugga chugga CHOO CHOO

Wasn't until Charley rigged the bridge with plastic explosives. just as the little engine was makin' his way 'cross the tressa... BOOM! an explosion happened. Blood and guts and ash was everywhere! Bubba come crawlin' out the back door, legs missing, looked at me and said "Payne, I can't feel my legs." I said "they ain't there." I looked down, and the little bloody nubbs where kickin'. It was 30 miles to the next town. unless he could flip and walk on his hands, he wasn't going to make it!

All of a sudden... CHARLIE WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE! I had just my sidearm. I had no alternative... I'd have to blast my way out. AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

DIE PIG DIE! YOU'LL NEVER TAKE MAJOR VINCENT WINIFRED PAYNE ALIVE!!!! *BAM* I SAW WHAT YOU DID TO MY FRIEND!!! *BAM**BAM**BAM*

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2014-07-09 04:25:51 PM  
Done in one. Choo choo!
 
2014-07-09 04:42:23 PM  
In Eddie Izzard's newest show "Force Majeur" he has a bit about the shift in English from gendered nouns to ungendered nouns:

"Hey Steve, I have an idea, what if I just call this a 'spoon'?"

"But is it a female spoon or a male spoon?"

"It's a farking spoon, Steve, I don't think it has reproductive parts."
 
2014-07-09 04:43:26 PM  

scottydoesntknow: DIE PIG DIE! YOU'LL NEVER TAKE MAJOR VINCENT WINIFRED PAYNE ALIVE!!!! *BAM* I SAW WHAT YOU DID TO MY FRIEND!!! *BAM**BAM**BAM*

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Damnit!  I had an image and comment ready to go.
 
2014-07-09 04:46:14 PM  
I think you're mad I think you're mad I think you're mad I think you're mad I think you're mad
 
2014-07-09 06:05:52 PM  
I thought the Little Engine didn't have an assigned gender.  If the author Watty Piper was a woman,
maybe then.  (I know boats are referred to as "she", but trains?)
 
2014-07-09 06:07:16 PM  
I thought it was the praying mantis.
 
2014-07-09 06:08:39 PM  
The little engine that could is about feminism? I suppose that next they'll say that Mike Mulligan and his Steam shovel is about gay life partners.
 
2014-07-09 06:09:40 PM  
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2014-07-09 06:13:13 PM  
Trying to decide whether the engine is male or female is a clear attack on transgenderism.
 
2014-07-09 06:13:40 PM  
I'd always assumed the engine was a he as a kid.  Then I was reading it to my kid and it plainly says "she" a whole bunch.  Maybe it's a different edition or I just wasn't ever paying attention to the damned story.
 
2014-07-09 06:14:04 PM  
The little engine that could make one hell of a sandwich
 
2014-07-09 06:14:10 PM  
Sorry, I don't get any female image out of that at all.

Now, if it was the little  tunnel that could...
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2014-07-09 06:14:51 PM  
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Disagrees.
 
2014-07-09 06:14:55 PM  
They are mixing it up with The Poky Little Puppy.
 
2014-07-09 06:17:16 PM  
Okay, so the three trains that wouldn't help the broken down train were male and the one that did was female?  Right.  Every see a woman give up her seat on a bus or train for someone senior or disabled?  I never have, but I do have a lot of fun not giving up my seat to the college girls from GW and Georgetown.  I always tell them:  "You're not pretty enough".
 
2014-07-09 06:18:13 PM  
"I think I can"
There's your problem, sweetie.
 
2014-07-09 06:19:08 PM  
She's a coal engine...an emblem of the destruction of your future by the boomer generation. You revere her and make her the maidenhead of female determination.

Now don't you just feel stupid?
 
2014-07-09 06:20:01 PM  
I don't remember  "The Little Engine That Could" spending all of his time counting how many other engines got up the hill and biatching if she was underrepresented somehow.
 
2014-07-09 06:23:25 PM  
Ringo and Thomas never had this problem.
 
2014-07-09 06:23:52 PM  
And Humpty-Dumpty is actually a story about gay sex between the kings men, horses and a busted up egg.
 
2014-07-09 06:24:52 PM  
Yeah, I remember the story where she was munching another engine's coal tender.

/scissoring
 
2014-07-09 06:25:23 PM  
derpicdn.net
 
2014-07-09 06:29:15 PM  
I might point to Shaharazad from 1001 Arabian Nights as a somewhat earlier archetype of the Feminist hero.
 
2014-07-09 06:30:02 PM  
DNRTFA but doesn't this deserve the Unlikely tag.

/I don't get the Boobies either, is that a sexual innuendo?
 
2014-07-09 06:31:57 PM  
Obviously "The Little Engine that Could" is a liberated woman. I mean, come on! She had two or three masochistic man-o-nazis throwing rocks into her hot box for the entire book. And she triumphed in her task; despite all of the male steam engines not helping.
 
2014-07-09 06:32:39 PM  

nmrsnr: In Eddie Izzard's newest show "Force Majeur" he has a bit about the shift in English from gendered nouns to ungendered nouns:

"Hey Steve, I have an idea, what if I just call this a 'spoon'?"

"But is it a female spoon or a male spoon?"

"It's a farking spoon, Steve, I don't think it has reproductive parts."


If it's a farking spoon it does.
 
2014-07-09 06:36:47 PM  
That's just weird. I've read the book countless times, including recently to my daughter and it never even occurred to me to think about what the train's gender was. I don't recall gender specific pronouns even being used, but I suppose it's possible. I'll go home and check.

The little Engine that could is a CHILD. it is smaller and brand new, unlike the bigger and older trains.
 
2014-07-09 06:39:23 PM  
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2014-07-09 06:40:13 PM  
Another one of those articles where I get half way through before I realize I just can't muster up the shiats to give.
 
2014-07-09 06:41:43 PM  
BojanglesPaladin:

The little Engine that could is a CHILD. it is smaller and brand new, unlike the bigger and older trains.

So you saying that feminists are also closet pedophiles?
 
2014-07-09 06:43:29 PM  
Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".

http://www.printmag.com/obsessions/watty-pipers-1930-the-little-engi ne -that-could/

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The fact that I have made it this many decades without thinking that the trains gender even mattered, much less even noticing what it was means I am certifiably free of gender bias! Yeah me!
 
2014-07-09 06:44:10 PM  

farkin_Gary: She's a coal engine...an emblem of the destruction of your future by the boomer generation. You revere her and make her the maidenhead of female determination.

Now don't you just feel stupid?


Not to mention a made-to-order metaphor for union-busting.  Thanks a lot, Scabarella.
 
2014-07-09 06:45:07 PM  
If you think about it, then ya, I can see that. Some guy is behind it shoveling black loads into a hot hole...

/uh, be right back
 
2014-07-09 06:47:08 PM  

BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".

http://www.printmag.com/obsessions/watty-pipers-1930-the-little-engi ne -that-could/

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The fact that I have made it this many decades without thinking that the trains gender even mattered, much less even noticing what it was means I am certifiably free of gender bias! Yeah me!


That's the one that broke down initially.

I don't have our copy in front of me, but I vaguely recollect a line from the when real little engine arrives: "'What's the matter, my friends', she asked kindly."

/Little guy wanted the story read to him every night for three weeks a couple months back.
 
2014-07-09 06:50:44 PM  

Nexzus: BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".

http://www.printmag.com/obsessions/watty-pipers-1930-the-little-engi ne -that-could/

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The fact that I have made it this many decades without thinking that the trains gender even mattered, much less even noticing what it was means I am certifiably free of gender bias! Yeah me!

That's the one that broke down initially.

I don't have our copy in front of me, but I vaguely recollect a line from the when real little engine arrives: "'What's the matter, my friends', she asked kindly."

/Little guy wanted the story read to him every night for three weeks a couple months back.


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2014-07-09 06:51:38 PM  
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, *masturbates furiously* I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...
 
2014-07-09 06:55:24 PM  

Nexzus: That's the one that broke down initially.


You are right. wrong plate.
Here is the right ones:
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2014-07-09 06:59:24 PM  
Some people have way too much time on their hands.
 
2014-07-09 07:00:03 PM  

BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".


www.cursophotoshop.com
 
2014-07-09 07:01:09 PM  
Yeah sure, and Yertle the Turtle is a cautionary tale about the hazards of fascism. Whatever.
 
2014-07-09 07:03:16 PM  
You can tell it's a girl from the caboose.
 
2014-07-09 07:12:16 PM  
I remembered the engine as being a he. It is blue after all and in my early schools that was a 'boy' color. Pink was the 'girl' color. I suppose transgender would be a mix of blue and pink giving one a lavender color. But then when I was reading that story no one I ever heard about was transgender, homosexual or anything else but straight heterosexual. So obviously this lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender stuff is a very recent development in human sexuality. I am not sure what caused people to develop all these new variations. I personally blame nitrates in hot dogs, they seem to have made me hyper as a child. I did end up straight but that just makes me the exception that proves the rule.
 
2014-07-09 07:14:01 PM  
"Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."

OK, I think the blowjob innuendo could at least be a little more veiled.
 
2014-07-09 07:15:26 PM  
Old school feminist, maybe. If she were a modern feminist, she knows she can't, because patriarchy.
 
2014-07-09 07:17:25 PM  

DreamSnipers: I remembered the engine as being a he. It is blue after all and in my early schools that was a 'boy' color. Pink was the 'girl' color. I suppose transgender would be a mix of blue and pink giving one a lavender color. But then when I was reading that story no one I ever heard about was transgender, homosexual or anything else but straight heterosexual. So obviously this lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender stuff is a very recent development in human sexuality. I am not sure what caused people to develop all these new variations. I personally blame nitrates in hot dogs, they seem to have made me hyper as a child. I did end up straight but that just makes me the exception that proves the rule.


Uh huh.

Also, blue used to be a girl's color, while pink was for boys.
 
2014-07-09 07:17:46 PM  
Here's what I don't get. I always thought there were two basic principals: the yin and the yang, the masculine; aggresive, power oriented, dominating. The feminine; passive, caring, nurturing, I'm not gay, but as a hippie, flower child campaining against war, I always felt like a feminist male. How did it come about that smashing the glass ceiling and chomping a cigar as CEO in the boadroom with a pantsuit on (taking on masculine attributes) became the new definition of feminism?
 
2014-07-09 07:19:53 PM  
NPR is high, they may hurt themselves stretching that much.
 
2014-07-09 07:27:02 PM  

fasahd: Here's what I don't get. I always thought there were two basic principals: the yin and the yang, the masculine; aggresive, power oriented, dominating. The feminine; passive, caring, nurturing, I'm not gay, but as a hippie, flower child campaining against war, I always felt like a feminist male. How did it come about that smashing the glass ceiling and chomping a cigar as CEO in the boadroom with a pantsuit on (taking on masculine attributes) became the new definition of feminism?


You forgot the bending a secretary over the desk part.
 
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