Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
I am so happy about this post, you have no idea.
Reblogging for that commentary because I honestly did not know that about the Grimms (thought it doesn’t surprise me).
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence: One of the Most Inspiring Women In the World
There are many reasons one would choose Jennifer Lawrence as their role model. First of all, at the early age of 20, she was nominated for the Academy Award For Best Actress. Aside from being one of the best actresses the world has known, she is very down to earth. She knows how to make people laugh without even trying, she has a great sense of humor, and she’s not letting the fame get to her head. She’s not at all embrassed when she makes a mistake or says something out of line during interviews, she doesn’t hold anything back (like peeing in the ocean or talking about camel toes) and she still acts like a little kid at times. Not to mention the fact that she tripped and fell on her way to receiving her well-deserved Oscar but getting up, still looking gorgeous and unfazed.
But the reason she’s such an ideal role model for people everywhere is because she’s not only amazingly flawless, she’s also beautiful on the inside. She is confident with the way she looks as she points out in interviews and magazines. Not in the way that she’s bragging because she thinks she’s perfect, but in the way that she’s happy and content and she doesn’t plan on changing anything about herself.
She shows everyone, most especially young boys and girls, who, especially as teenagers might feel very insecure at this time that you don’t need to starve yourself to be happy and that it’s okay to make mistakes. She shows them that you don’t need to conform to what society wants to see; just be your own person.
She teaches us and inspires us to be ourselves.