March 14, 2016

Women, History and Fairy Tales

There's an interesting article about women, fairy tales and the complicated history between them. It's worth reading, but as always, I beg you to take any work about the history and cultural effects of fairy tales with a huge grain of salt. There is so very much we don't know about their age and origin, but the questions are still worth exploring.

Here's the link.

Eye candy, by Charles Robinsin, from "Beauty and the Beast."



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  1. Interesting analysis of changes men made to fairy tales. Did anyone else get a laugh out of the typo “pre-martial sex“? Very Freudian-slip!

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  2. Interesting. I had not thought about the silence issue before, or the higher proportion of violence against women. But they are all products of the time they came from, I suppose. I always love reading about the really early versions of tales in which the female characters were more empowered, like "The Grandmother's Tale" (I think that's the title), a precursor to Little Red Riding Hood. It's frustrating to see the changes that the Victorian types made to fairy tales, but I love to see all the ways writers today are taking those tales back:)

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    1. I love the very old ones, the Victorian ones and the new ones. But I love how strong the oldest heroines of fairy tales are. I mean, Cinderella forces the prince to look for her. That's such an important art of the story!

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