Ilana Simons

Ilana Simons Ph.D.

The Literary Mind

A Short Video About Female Competitiveness

A video on moms and daughters in competition

Posted May 15, 2013

Last week I posted a video about writing fiction.

This one's about moms and daughters in competition

I've been making these videos as a break from novel writing, which can feel too much like a grey beast. I'm posting my videos in progress here. In the videos, I read sections of the novel and put the words to drawings.

Something about the fragment of the videos feels freeing to me: I play with pictures, songs, and words--and pulling fragments from different parts of me without stitching them together lets the light crack in.  I don't want to be concise: devotion to words can be deadening these days.

"I usually get 150 pages in and I realize [my novel isn't] going anywhere. ...I must have six unfinished novels at least."   -Jeffrey Eugenides 

"[Is there] anything...sadder than work...unfinished? Yes, work [you never begin]." - Christina G. Rossetti 

This video I've posted above is about female competition.  One suggestion of the video: Women compliment each other to hide discomfort about aggression.  In counterpoint: A friend recently told me that some feminist critics have written aobut the moral value of a woman's tendency to compliment others.