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FREE DOC Ö READER Painting Dragons ☆ TUCKER LIEBERMAN ☆ [PDF / Epub] ☄ Painting Dragons By Tucker Lieberman – Monstrous physically mentally morally Castrated men are often portrayed this way in fiction What’s the “evil eunuch” stereotype and why do novelists reproduce iMonstrous physically mentally morally Castrated men are often portrayed this way in fiction What’s the “evil eunuch” ster Review of Painted DragonsI just read Tucker Lieberman's book Painting Dragons on the characterization of eunuchs in fiction The book is both scholarly and accessible It was an easy read because Lieberman is a master wordsmith Tucker Lieberman is first and foremost a man of letters with great literary breadth He is a profound reader and has published a multitude of book reviews He is also artistic in many other ways and has published rich essays on ethics and politics and a couple of collection of poems Lieberman can be both deeply analytical in assessing the writing of others and a master of imagery and symbolism in the poems he produces Lieberman’s writing range comes through in this book which is first and foremost a series of book reviews Those reviews provide the core data Lieberman’s uses to support his thesis that eunuchs are too commonly and consistently presented as uni dimensional villains in fictionPainting Dragons touches upon issues ranging from the history of Chinese dynasties to contemporary politics and discrimination against transsexuals And it is a personal account because Lieberman identifies himself as a transsexual The book's central theme is that eunuchs are portrayed as villains excessively so in fiction and this portrayal is 1 unjust and 2 a harbinger of discrimination against those who are conspicuously gender variant The book's stated goal is to encourage fiction writers to stop presenting eunuchs as evil villains but the book is really than an essay on how to or not to construct eunuch characters in novels For example it reveals a long history on how the literary world has stigmatized eunuchs and it offers a psychoanalytical perspective on why authors have assumed that eunuchs would be vindictive and villainous In that regard it assumes that the act of castration as seen by those not castrated is heinous shameful and psychologically scaring beyond reparation Although Freud is not brought into the discussion the analysis is in my estimation rather Freudian As an aside psychoanalysis seem to persists in literary analyses even though it has pretty well disappeared from contemporary psychology and psychiatryBy way of background I have had the privilege of writing with Lieberman in the academic sphere My background is science though and not literature As a scientist it is a pleasure to work with someone who can be so analytical and clear thinking—who can convert complicated thoughts into easily accessible prose As a scientist however I somewhat wish that Painting Dragons would have taken a deeper dive into the reality of androgen deprivation and its impact on personality The historical reality is that the stereotypic villainous eunuch appears to be a fabricated built upon the presumption that an emasculated male should be vindictive In truth there were some villainous eunuchs in history But from the little we know about the eunuchs that ran the many long lasting dynasties of Asia for millennia villains were the exception and not the ruleFrom a historical perspective I'm inclined to think that the population that needs to be reassessed most are the real eunuchs—real castrated and hypogonadal males—and not just those that show up in fictional accounts One may suppose that fictional characterizations follow popular presumptions and critiuing the fiction may not be all that effective in gaining public acceptance for non binary genders If criticizing fiction fails to persuasive the public to change its perception of emasculation objective data on hormones and behavior may be influentialThat said I've read and written a fair bit about androgen deprivation and hormonal factors that influence male gender presentation Even though Painting Dragons avoids drifting into psychoneuroendocrinology it certainly helped enrich my understanding of discrimination against eunuchs Painting Dragons gives a good look at one of the challenges that people in the world today can expect to face when they do not fit firmly in the stereotypic gender binaryRichard WassersugNovember 18 2018

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Lieberman explores the stereotypes that fashion these cruel warped characters He encourages fiction writers to change the game Painting Dragons provides a uniue perspective on how eunuchs are often portrayed as villains in various stories The author described eunuch characters from the Chinese dynasties Middle Eastern empires and European tradition But really the author wants his readers to think about WHY eunuchs are so often presented as evil characters Often in stories readers are not shown the perspective of the VILLAINS For example is a villain truly evil Could a villain commit bad things simply because of following orders from a leader who is the true evil Or do fiction authors subconsciously avoid readers from identifying too personally with the villains so the readers don't empathize with the character The author of this book also argues that in some cases past stories of real life evil eunuchs propelled fiction writers to display eunuch as villains Such examples disproportionally prejudice a minority group as bad in general The author here recommends future fiction authors provide a full portrait of eunuchs As the author describes We chose the dragon we paint This book could potentially be used for discussions in university courses in sociology or literature

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Painting DragonsEotype and why do novelists reproduce itIn Painting Dragons What Storytellers Need to Know About Writing Eunuch Villains Tucker Although Painting Dragons is catered mainly for writers as a piece of advice not to fall in common stereotypes the reflection goes beyond that and anybody would find interesting information here turning out to be rather familiar Although eunuchs are not common any at least not as harem guards or palace supervisors or Castrati singers most men would find it revolting to imagine their genitals being removed Culture has had for centuries the common trope of castrated men as less than real men and therefore a humiliated kind that seek revenge for the wrongs that were done to them Tucker Lieberman also explored the relation between eunuchs and transgender and transsexual individuals and a common cliché of such people as deviants and evil doers in popular culture and literature I was not aware of this relation before but now I can see that clearly I truly recommend it for writers but also for scholars students or researchers in the field of gender studies A wonderful piece of research both in history and literary criticism and a wake up call against unoriginal plot elements Also I didn´t know the priests of Cybele were eunuchs