Let’s analyse some fairy tales to death

Family life professor Sarah M Coyne has done her best to ruin Disney Princess ‘culture’ for young girls so I thought that I should assist her as best I can. I put on my progressive goggles and viewed these delightful tales through the eyes of an academic who has no appreciation or understanding of the  innocent pleasure these tales give to children.

Armed with her reality distorting Progressive Goggles she prepared was ready to analyse a fairy story to death

Armed with her reality distorting Progressive Goggles she was ready to analyse a fairy story to death

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Beauty and the Beast:

Prince Adam was cursed to a beast form by Enchantress who saw no love in his arrogant heart for others. The one way he could break the spell was to learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose fell…But who could ever learn to love a beast? Ten years later, Maurice, an inventor from a nearby village, becomes lost in the woods and seeks shelter in the Beast’s castle, the Beast imprisons him for trespassing. His daughter Belle, a bookworm who dreams of life outside her provincial village, finds him trapped in the castle and offers her place instead. The Beast accepts with a promise she’ll remain in the castle forever. In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more than a monster, he views her as difficult and stubborn. But the two soon taste the bitter-sweetness of finding you can change and learning you were wrong.

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Analysis:

A tale like this is not progressive as, instead of being punished for his white male privilege and the fact that he kidnapped her, Prince Adam gets rewarded with the love of a girl who is the epitome of the unobtainable female ideal. Her waist is too  small and her nature too caring. This will cause generations of young women to sacrifice themselves either to please their fathers or their ugly husbands in the hope of love as a reward. It teaches young girls that men can change if women tolerate unacceptable behaviour long enough, which will contribute to the already high domestic abuse statistics. 

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Cinderella:

…Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella’s father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters… When the father dies, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride…So the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella has no suitable party dress for a ball, but her friends the mice, led by Jaques and Gus, and the birds lend a hand in making her one, a dress the evil stepsisters immediately tear apart on the evening of the ball. At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the royal ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale history.

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Analysis:

This tale is a scathing attack on the working class. Cinderella’s life is described as poor because she has to do housework instead of leading a frivolous life like her bourgeois stepsisters. Instead of teaching women that hard work and a career are the way to escape poverty, this tale tells them that a pretty dress and face is all it takes to gain a life of luxury. It also sends a dangerous message to young men that only women with tiny feet are worthy of their love.

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Sleeping Beauty:

When a new princess is born to King Stefan and his wife, the entire kingdom rejoices. At a ceremony, three good fairies – Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – bestow gifts of magic on the child. But an evil sorceress named Maleficent shows up, and because of a rude remark by Merryweather, she places a curse on the princess – that she will die before sunset on her 16th birthday after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle. Merryweather turns things around by casting a spell that will allow the princess – named Aurora – to awake from an ageless sleep with a kiss from her true love. The fairies take Aurora to their cottage in the woods to keep her away from the eyes of Maleficent, and raise her as their own child, named Briar Rose. On her 16th birthday Aurora meets Prince Phillip, the son of a king whose own kingdom will soon merge with King Stefan’s – and falls in love. Maleficent manages to kidnap the Prince and her horrible prophecy is fulfilled when she tricks Aurora into pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel (created by Maleficent herself!) and falling asleep. Realizing that the Prince is in trouble, the three good fairies head to Maleficent’s castle at the Forbidden Mountain, and spring the Prince loose. But the Prince soon finds himself up against Maleficent’s army of brutes, and the power of Maleficent’s evil spells – which include a thorn forest as thick as weeds around King Stefan’s castle, and a fight against Maleficent when she turns herself into a dragon!

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Analysis:

This fairy tale is about three lesbians who raise the King’s daughter as their own and do all they can to protect her. What the story fails to reveal is the real reason why Maleficent cast the spell. An ex-love of the fairy Merryweather, she had taken the rejection poorly and was determined to hurt her as much as she had been hurt. In doing all they can to promote a typical heterosexual romance, the three fairies are guilty of gender stereotyping. True love’s kiss could just as easily have come from a woman as a man.


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