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Evolution of Politics in Fairy-tales

Once upon a time,….Long, long, ago, in a faraway land, it was a time of political censorship, where women had few rights and fairy-tales were one way that they could make their opinions known. The fairies themselves in the tales often stood for the aristocrats, having power over many but often caring little, bickering amongst themselves, concerned with their own power struggles. The heroines would comment on the double-standards of the times, arranged marriages, and the false glory of war; the tales also illustrated the authors’ ideas on the standards of correct manners, justice and love.

The tales were also written in opposition to the literary establishment at the time, which championed Classical literature as the standard for French writers to follow. Fairy-tales were modelled on French folklore and the courtly love of medieval literature. When Perrault joined them in writing fairy-tales, he was taking a stand for the modern style and for women’s tales (although his tales did not exactly feature liberated females– should have been around in the 60’s. I wonder how the stories would play out now?). The “Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns” was part of the society which the fairy tales rebelled against – for most women there was no choice over which side to take, as they weren’t considered worthy of eductating in Latin and Greek anyway. Instead of being forced out, they formed their own style.

Today, there are those who still feel the reformation of socially political statutes/harnesses regarding the female gender should have remained in place (yet secretly they still go to strip clubs and buy Maxim or Playboy).  They teach that women’s talk has been frightening and dangerous since even before the Church taught that Eve’s words (heh, heh, body language most likely) tempted Adam to eat that damn fruit ( which we all know to be a figurative form of speech and not actually partaking of real fruit was the sin- wait…. I can go off on a tangent with this, so, I will stop here) and led to the “fall”.  They preach how dear St. Paul even wrote that women should be silent, and warned others against their idle gossip. The talk of women was seductive and wicked (yeah, I am sure that is what every man is thinking…. how they love their woman to NOT be seductive or a little wicked… Pfffft!!!)

 But politics have changed. Women are able to have their own voice, thoughts and lead other packs of women in this rat race.

The sun came out on the Dark Ages ” long, long, ago”.

The only fairy-tales of today would include that Cinderella is a multimillionaire, married to none other than the owner of Mr. Clean company products and she works in interior design. Sleeping Beauty decided 16 was way too young to get hitched, never cared to learn homecrafts, like sewing/spinning, got the  alarm setting fixed on her iphone and teaches kick boxing at the Rec.  Snow White lives in a studio flat out in Beverly Hills and has changed her name to Katy Perry (she still thinks she is marrying a prince….must have nibbled a bit more on that apple).  

Today, women no longer believe in fairy-tales, even if we are still spoon fed the sweet, “happily ever after’s” as children (except for on our most down of days, when we are hanging on to the last threads of hope, there might still be a real fairy-tale out there waiting to be lived). For the most part, it’s always later on in our lives the real world monsters of politics get us, we run through a slew of broken hearts/dreams and grit our teeth to become the dragon slayers. It is just as much a woman’s world as it is a man’s. If there happens to be a real prince or princess warrior who rides up next to us, they are welcome to join in for the battle and follow up with dinner and a night cap.  We are forced to make our own ways.  We evolve in the limelight of our future to exceed beyond our past expectations of fantasy.

Categories: History, Literature, Politics
  1. September 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Three cheers to that!
    I told my daughter, when she was young that she had better not be waiting on a prince charming – she had better be her own prince charming and save herself! lol

    And on a side note? My room mate used to have that picture there… he named it Tracy..said it was because I am a warrior. 🙂

    Have a most adventurous and fulfilling day!

  2. September 26, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Well, then we both belong in that warrior category…. hahaha, though me looking like that is a whole other story…..HAHAHAHA…. I would definitely dress more to the role if the role would dress me with a body like that!
    But really, now,… I am glad that you told your daughter that. I tell my girls all the time to never really count on anyone more than themselves. Here I am in love to the high heavens with a man, but I d not expect him to save me from anything. I make my own way,….I just want to share myself with him and vice versa.
    As for the adventurous day….took 8 kids ice skating….that was an adventure!
    LOVE TO YOU! 🙂

  3. September 26, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I hear that! I’ve said that… I’d wear this or that if they supplied me with a body that fit it. lol

    Well, being in love and expecting to be saved are two different things. lol 😉 Wanting to share your life with someone is ok… you ask me. 🙂

    If I went ice skating, it would definitely be an adventure! lol A very painful one! I hope you have oodles of fun lady!
    Much love!!! xox

  4. October 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Loved this post. A new fairy tale is not to dream of the millionaire prince and marrying him, but a young woman making her own millions herself, and perhaps having some princes along the way. Love your paragraph on Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty of today. Very cool.

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