Fairy tales are such a completely second-nature part of our social narratives thanks to Disney's princess franchise, but I think it might be important to pay attention to what they're really saying.
The stories are old, and, unsurprisingly, born from the fears of a highly patriarchal ideology. They were told as a means by which culture-keepers would control women's choices. The stories have an incredible tendency to imply that women should not trust each other (queens, mothers, step-mothers, witches, and fairies...), should never have sex or else they would die (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel...), and should promise their entire identities to male figures to retain their social purity, often by way of marriage (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, The Frog Prince...).
For those of you who are under the impression that I'm unthinkingly 'celebrating' fairy tales by making pretty illustrations, you might be a little disappointed to find out that I'm not quite doing that. I love the stories. I grew up with them, memorized them, and studied them. Once you get to understand them, you come to recognize that they're pretty terrible, and that we are still too often bound to the standards they imposed in centuries past.
I'm pretty excited to put this zine together!