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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Greece has dropped to the bottom of my travel wish list

Because it’s apparently full of women singing and dancing their hearts out:

and traveling with magical pants:

Seriously, though: Is Greece the new go-to destination for women trying to find themselves? And why is everyone jumping off cliffs in the process? In both Mamma Mia! and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, there’s a scene in which people jump off cliffs as a way of freeing themselves from… well, whatever it was that was holding them back from… whatever.

(Mamma Mia! has been roundly chastised for its cliff-jumping scene, because apparently most people are so stupid that they’ll do anything they see in a movie. I wonder if Sisterhood 2 will suffer the same condemnation…)

It’s all kinda ironic, actually, because both movies sort of make me want to jump off a cliff.

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  • i think Greece has been the “find and free yourself, woman!” place since at least “Shirley Valentine” (1989).

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall had a cliff-jumping scene. I liked that one though, especially Mila Kunis: “Come on, Pete, I can see your vagina from here!”

  • MaryAnn

    Yeah, because saying a person has a vagina is an insult. Because who would want to be a woman?

  • Paul Hayes

    “Mama Mia!” appears to be a film hated by everyone except its massive audience.

    Personally I’ve not seen it, but many people I work with keep raving about it.

  • MaryAnn

    Yeah, lots of people like *Everybody Loves Raymond,* too. That doesn’t mean it isn’t complete shit.

  • Ryan H

    Come on MaryAnn, tell us how you really feel

  • Yeah, MaryAnn, no one comes here to hear your opinions on stuff!

  • Karen R

    Mamma Mia *is* complete shit. Believe me if you don’t believe MaryAnn :)!

    But then, who am I? :)

  • Mike

    This article failed…

    based on your decision to watch those movies and from what I gathered, you probably couldn’t find your way to Greece if you tried..

    MaryAnn Johanson give it up
    you loose..

  • Joan

    Possibly you mean, “you lose”, Mike?

  • MaryAnn

    And what does Mike mean by I couldn’t find my way to Greece if I tried? What kind of insult is that supposed to be? That I couldn’t find it on a map? That I am incapable of logging onto Expedia or Orbitz and arranging a holiday for myself?

  • “And what does Mike mean by I couldn’t find my way to Greece if I tried?”

    i think he means that you’ll never find your way to being a truly free and open woman because you don’t like mindless pablum as entertainment. and he’s probably right, you know.

  • PaulW

    You can always try visiting Tarpon Springs FL. It’s 80 percent Greek with 23 percent less singing and 100 percent free of traveling pants.

    Oh. And the fake tourist sponge diving rides are $15. But the gyros at Plaka’s are to die for.

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