This week, Janine talks about one of her favorite witches – Miss Peregrine. She explores how Miss Peregrine is represented as a mother and a feminist character in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
What to expect from episode 35: Magical Mothers: Miss Peregrine?
Janine welcomes everyone back to the podcast and promises listeners to keep bringing new episodes during the holiday season. She gives a shout out to her Patreon supporters and introduces today’s topic – Miss Peregrine. Janine briefly gets side-tracked by Cate Blanchett and then elaborates again on Miss Peregrine.
Feminism and motherhood
Before getting into the discussion of Miss Peregrine, Janine gives an overview of how feminism deals with motherhood. Janine looks at how feminists saw motherhood in the first and second waves of feminism first.
She then does a short recap of Ellen Ripley and how she is shown as a mother in Alien. There are some cats mentioned here, and how feminists criticize Ripley for being a mother.
Background on Miss Peregrine
In the next discussion, Janine first gives some background on Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children. Janine also focuses on the fact that only women can be Ymbrynes in the movie. As Janine explains, Miss Peregrine is already empowered because she never gets married.
Mary Poppins as a Great Mother
As more foundation of the discussion of Miss Peregrine, Janine has a look at Mary Poppins. She first explains the difference between how good and bad witches are represented.
Janine then shows how Mary Poppins embodies the Great Mother and Empowered Spinster archetypes. Here she also elaborates a bit on what the Great Mother archetype is and how she is represented.
Miss Peregrine and Mary Poppins
As Janine explains, Miss Peregrine is very similar to Mary Poppins. Janine a few gives examples from the film of how Miss Peregrine is a Great Mother archetype. The final aspect of Miss Peregrine Janine explores is how she is both masculine and feminine.
Janine wraps up the episode by sharing a personal story and giving a movie recommendation. This week’s recommendation is Lifeforce, a movie about space vampires.
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