Sooo… I’m rereading one of my childhood staples, the very first Nancy Drew Mystery. I read every single book in every iteration of the series, and while I never consciously felt inferior to Ms. Drew, I definitely internalized some important gender expectations, namely: Blond hair & blue eyes are better than brown hair & brown eyes. Girls with brown hair and brown eyes are the nerdy, quirky, sidekick friend, not the main character, and they don’t have boyfriends either. (Sidebar: ever notice how Nancy, her boyfriend Ned, and her BFF “George” are eerily similar to Daphne, Fred, and Velma from Scooby Doo? Discuss.)
I’ve been toying with the idea of rewriting this book, not just because I want to take out all the references to her appearance (which are plentiful) but also because, let’s be honest, this writing is baaaaad. What if I reinvented Nancy Drew for the modern age? What would she be like? Who would her friends be? What kind of car would she drive? And maybe her mysteries could like, affect social change or something. I put it to you, dear reader: has anyone tried this before? Is this a cool idea, or a lame one? Me and my Armenian eyebrows are just not blond enough to know the answer.
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)