RARA-AVIS: when a cigar is not a cigar award

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 12 Apr 2002

hi everybody!

thanks for the link to Catherine Thompson's 'The Feminization of the Hard-boiled Detective', etienne. without further ado, i am awarding her the first official "when a cigar is not a cigar" award, based on the following quote from her thesis:
********************** The symbolism inherent in her name [Birdie] also underscores her androgynous state. Birds can be regarded as phallic symbols; their cylindrical bodies and erect heads contribute to this interpretation, as well as the common use of the word "bird" as a euphemism for "penis." Thus, through her name Miss Keppel gains a kind of phallus, in keeping with the power she wields as keeper/giver of information. However, it is only a small one (a "birdie"): her "phallic" status, like Effie's, is limited, likewise rendering her "not-quite."

footnote: the name of the award is a paraphrase of freud's insightful comment, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," noted in an earlier post.

loving every second of it, miker

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