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Old 01-12-2009, 05:38 PM
DrFidelius DrFidelius is offline
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The sexuality part comes from the "ruby slippers." Red has symbolized menstruation since the time of Little Red Riding Hood.

The "ruby slippers," the sign of a mature and fertile woman, are taken from her deceased mother-image and bestowed upon Dorothy (without her consent) by teh idealized mother figure.

The Wicked Witch of the West, representing the post-menupausal and barren Auntie Em ants to take Dorothy's fertility from her. The power to control her own sexuality was given to Dorothy with menarch.

(The Wicked Witch is clearly an analogue of Auntie Em. In the castle, the image of Auntie Em changes to the mocking image of the Witch. Clearly they are the same person.)