Kick the Rat

Princess-Bride_92-1My friend Jennifer Hargis, whom I have known for lo these three decades and more now, co-wrote this piece with me for The Hairpin: Seven Classic Film Heroines Who Suck at Personal Safety.

How to not be Snow White: Learn to say “No.” Don’t volunteer information to strangers, and don’t feel obligated to provide honest answers, or any answer at all, to personal questions. A simple “I’m not comfortable sharing that information with you” will do the trick, whether you’re dealing with telemarketers, strangers at bus stops, or your disguised evil stepmother queen.

If you’ve ever had the urge, while watching The Princess Bride, to grab Buttercup by the shoulders and shake her until her teeth rattle, this piece is for you.