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Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca Help Us Decide Whether A Jerk Can Change For The Better

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains spoilers for Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca. Have you ever noticed that Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is pretty much Beauty and the Beast? I’m serious. They’re both stories about how the love of a woman who is strong enough to be herself at all costs can inspire … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca Help Us Decide Whether A Jerk Can Change For The Better

The Man You Marry Should Be Prince Charming — Your Prince Charming

Speaking about her failed marriages (she’s had three) actress Halle Berry said, “we go into marriage thinking it’s going to last forever and that this is our prince on a shiny horse. That’s what fairytales taught me as a kid…and I’m kind of anti-fairytales today.” This is a common complaint — particularly among feminists, who … Continue reading The Man You Marry Should Be Prince Charming — Your Prince Charming

Do Filmmakers And Authors Writing ‘Feminist’ Fairy Tales Actually Understand Fairy Tales? Answer: No.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that fairy tales are anti-feminist. Even those of us who like them are meant to agree that, yes, the heroines lack agency, the heroes lack nuance, and there’s far too much cooking and cleaning for any modern woman’s taste. The idea that these fairy tales need a make over … Continue reading Do Filmmakers And Authors Writing ‘Feminist’ Fairy Tales Actually Understand Fairy Tales? Answer: No.

3 Disney Princess Films With Powerful Messages For Boys

I am often asked what (if anything) little boys can get out of Disney princess films. Are the themes and messages of these movies purely for little girls, or can boys get something out of them too? Plenty of Disney princess films have elements that boys will like. The capers of the mice and birds, … Continue reading 3 Disney Princess Films With Powerful Messages For Boys