My family had a Memorial Day get-together today, which was nice. I watched Sleeping Beauty with my little cousin Analise. She likes fairy tales, which is good, because I happen to know a couple of good ones, like The Princess Who Couldn't Laugh (and its sister story, The Princess Who Couldn't Cry).
I told her a bit from The Land of Oz (the second Oz book): the middle part where all the women in Oz decide they're sick and TIRED of being housewives, having to watch after kids and clean the house and cook meals all day long. So they join together and form an army to take over the country and put WOMEN in charge, because men have clearly messed things up.
Naturally, when the Scarecrow learns that the Emerald City is under attack, he sends the Royal Army of Oz to fight them.
...Only there's only one person in the army. This guy:
Yep, everybody's favorite character from the movie: The Guardian of the Gate. He tries to fight the army of women, but as you can guess, it doesn't work out so well. The only weapon he has to fight with is his gun, and he doesn't keep the gun loaded because he's afraid it might accidentally go off and hurt someone.
So what happens is that the women poke him with sewing needles a few times until he surrenders. That's how the women take over Oz, and the first thing they do is force the men to take care of the kids and do the cooking and cleaning. Within two days, all the men in the city are running around in aprons and crying about how impossibly hard being a housewife is.
There's a lot more to the book than that, but that's my favorite part. Eventually, what happens is that the heroes of the story escape from the city and go to Glinda, the Good Witch. Glinda tells them that the rightful ruler of Oz is Queen Ozma, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances ten years ago.
Our heroes find the long-lost Ozma, and she becomes Queen of Oz. The women agree to go back to taking care of their families, and the men have a newfound appreciation for their wives and all the work that they do. Basically, they all live happily ever after. The end.