There were two little girls who loved princesses… but then they grew up, gained some life experience, read some books that weren’t written by the Brothers Grimm, joined Upright Citizens Brigade, and realized that most fairy tales are some patriarchal, heteronormative, white supremacist bullsh*t. So they rewrote them. The result is Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling: And Other Feminist Fairy Tales, byLaura Lane and Ellen Haun (Seal Press, March 10, 2020).
Sleeping Beauty gets woke and the prince, captain of his varsity jousting team, learns some important lessons about consent. (“Asked many years later about the particulars of her spell, the Good Fairy would claim it wasn’t her fault because it had been ‘a different era.’”). In “Snow White and the Seven Microagressions,” the Queen comes to see why using the word “fair” to mean “beautiful” is extremely problematic. The warrior Mulan secures victory for China and goes on to lead the fight for gender pay equality. A gay princess shows why making people sleep on a pea is no way to choose a mate, and Thumbelina ditches her slut-shaming frog friends to live her best life as a happily single fairy.
Empowering, cathartic, and laugh out loud funny, Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling is a book of fairy tales that any feminist would be proud to share with her, his, or their children, friends, or allies.
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