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GUEST POST: Coexistence is Futile: “Feminism” and “Family-ism” by C.S. Johnson

Participants of my ongoing Saving Cinderella class have the option to a write guest post on the topic of the session they attended. This post is in response to Session 1: The Importance of Fairy Tales and Why Feminists Get Them So Wrong. To enroll in a future session of the class, click here. The … Continue reading GUEST POST: Coexistence is Futile: “Feminism” and “Family-ism” by C.S. Johnson

The Sherlock Effect, And What It Has To Do With Fairy Tales

Benedict Cumberbatch looks like a cross between an otter and a halibut. If you saw him walking down the street (and you didn’t know he was Benedict Cumberbatch) you probably wouldn’t look twice. And yet — and yet — he’s frequently included in lists of the “sexiest men alive.” His sex appeal has spawned a … Continue reading The Sherlock Effect, And What It Has To Do With Fairy Tales

GUEST POST: The Princess Accepting Her Womanhood: Enchanted’s Take On The Snow White Parable by Eric M. Blake

Participants of my ongoing Saving Cinderella class have the option to a write guest post on the topic of the session they attended. This post is in response to Session 2: Damsel in Distress? Snow White, Puberty and Female Agency. To enroll in a future session of the class, click here. The following was written by … Continue reading GUEST POST: The Princess Accepting Her Womanhood: Enchanted’s Take On The Snow White Parable by Eric M. Blake

GUEST POST: Missing the Forest for the Trees by Whitney Glaccum

Participants of my ongoing Saving Cinderella class have the option to a write guest post on the topic of the session they attended. This post is in response to Session 1: The Importance of Fairy Tales and Why Feminists Get Them So Wrong. To enroll in a future session of the class, click here. The … Continue reading GUEST POST: Missing the Forest for the Trees by Whitney Glaccum

GUEST POST: Why A “Wicked Stepmother”? By Eric M. Blake

Participants of my ongoing Saving Cinderella class have the option to a write guest post on the topic of the session they attended. This post is in response to Session 1: The Importance of Fairy Tales and Why Feminists Get Them So Wrong. To enroll in a future session of the class, click here. The … Continue reading GUEST POST: Why A “Wicked Stepmother”? By Eric M. Blake

Don’t Excuse Disney Princesses As “Products of Their Time,” They’re Relevant Even Now

The Little Mermaid turns 30 this year and, in celebration, the film is coming out of the Disney vault. Retrospectives abound, as do questions about whether or not this story, and its princess, hold up in the world of modern feminism. Everyone desperately wants it to — even modern feminists — because everyone (well, almost … Continue reading Don’t Excuse Disney Princesses As “Products of Their Time,” They’re Relevant Even Now

‘Moana,’ The Hero’s Journey, And The Future Of The Disney Princess Narrative

I really didn’t want to watch Moana. After Brave completely corrupted the Disney princess narrative, and Frozen brutally murdered the trope of Prince Charming I had pretty much given up hope that I could even sit through another new Disney princess movie without banging my head repeatedly against the wall until it bled. But, when … Continue reading ‘Moana,’ The Hero’s Journey, And The Future Of The Disney Princess Narrative

‘The Shape of Water’ Is Not ‘Beauty and the Beast’: How Feminism Ruins Fairy Tales

Alissa Wilkinson, of Vox, called last year’s Oscar winner, “an allegorical film about embracing the other.” E. Oliver Whitney of ScreenCrush said the film’s characters “transcend barriers and prejudices to find strength, love, and connection.” And Kenneth Turan, of The LA Times, said the movie had “moral overtones.” They were talking, of course, about The … Continue reading ‘The Shape of Water’ Is Not ‘Beauty and the Beast’: How Feminism Ruins Fairy Tales