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The Sleeping Beauty by trungles The Sleeping Beauty by trungles
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!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well illustrated and said. Powerfully straightforward.
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marguilovegood Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Very funny and thought-provoking!
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neko-Alieth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Artist
i just loved what you write ^w^
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deadmanwonderling Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool this inspires me to make a modern sleeping beauty video eventually I tend to procrastinate a lot so maybe in 6 or 7 years¿ :snowflake:
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tlm13 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! Pretty much every fairy tale has this underlying wisdom to it of the old culture, in some variation or another. Its always fun to shock people with it! :XD:
A lovely presentation for a direct message! :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
This is great! I planned on working on my own summaries plus art from the Grimm tales in a series of journals (temporarily put on hold) and you are right! A lot of these stories are moralistic tales from another time with different values. I still love the originals though, just because I still think that they are good stories. The dark originals--even as a kid I never cared for the Disney versions (probably because I read the original unabridged tales first).
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trungles Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's a wonderful project! I'm sure you'll enjoy it :) And thank you!
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Kayzee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Brilliant much?
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trungles Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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theburgomeister Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
wowzers. tommy didnt tell me you were so famous on DA
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, hi Tommy's roommate!
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theburgomeister Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
hi! good work here!
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AcheronHades Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man, I never saw it like that @__@ What an eye opener. Another beautiful illustration too, nice work!
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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AcheronHades Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Disney definitely put a ton of sugar on those fairy tales, and yet I still love them (both the updated and the original versions-especially Cinderella and Snow White (not every day that you would get the evil stepmother to dance to her death in hot shoes); I was actually able to use these two stories for an essay and how they correlate to Envy and Jealous. It's like how you had mentioned the purpose for these stories, they just have so many meanings to them, it's almost surreal that these stories have so much symbolism and history.
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah! I love the Disney movies, and I love the original stories, but the symbolism and iconography is steeped with tons of history.
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BalunStormhands Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
The old fairy tales are pretty terrifying.
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PinkCutiix33 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I laughed.
You don't know how much I laughed.
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha, that's awesome.
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anAngelNamed-Xavi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sweetheart, I just adore you. xD

(I love all of those old, original faerie tales; they are absolutely horrifying!)
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you!
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SarimNarim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL-..........awwwww. :iconohokaythenplz:
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spiderliing666 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   General Artist
LOL! That is hilarious! I once read an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty tale, which was that the 100 years of sleep was like a buffer between the young girl and sex/marriage. A chance to side step a lot of sexual pressures, which I though was interesting idea. I don't think any are wrong, and this certainly makes A LOT of sense!
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my gosh, I wanna look that up! That sounds super interesting!
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spiderliing666 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   General Artist
I have no idea where I got it though! *sob* There are a lot of interesting analysis of fairy tales though, that's why everyone loves them, because you can put your own spin and ideas into them.
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leotheyardiechick Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds like almost every rom-com I've seen to date. Which explains why I detest rom-coms. ^_^;
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tomomi-mizuna-tio Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. I don't know what more I can say.
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks!
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Iiwi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, I really do agree with what there saying about paying attention to the underlying message of the story and what it's actually saying.

I REALLY agree with what you said ;x;!!! and your right.
When you look back at it, and understand what there saying it's actually pretty sad, that everyone woman has to be saved by a prince to live? and that she can't live unless she is married.
I love marriage and I think it's beautiful but to imply that you must be saved by a man in order to start your life, is pretty...Insane? but that's apart of the HISTORY and it's something we have come to RESPECT but our values have changed through the years.

To the comment from Skylite-Compass about Horns being Penises REALLY???
BUT THEN...
It's supposed to represent magic?
What's the underlying meaning of horns?
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh totally. Like, just because a part of history is problematic doesn't mean we should change it. We would forget all those lessons we learned!

Also, I have no idea about unicorn horns being penises, but that would be weird because horses are often phallic symbols as well, so it would be like a penis on top of a penis.

Also, unicorn lore keeps saying that unicorns only appear to virgins?
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Iiwi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
WHAT you just said! "Just because a part of history is porblematic doesn't mean we should change it" Yes I AGREE, because that's what helped shape the lessons we have learned from it, people have changed those lessons more and more and more, to where, there is nothing left and that's why our society nowadays is...so out of...touch with the village and nature it was once known for.

Hmm...Yeah that doesn't quite make sense? XD! And yeah I remember it saying that unicorns only appeared to virigns so does the horn mean that when they touch it they are not virgins anymore? XD
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skylite-compass Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... is that really the underlying message?
oh my childhood ._.

the same sadness I felt when I found out that unicorn horns represent penises
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trungles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my god, unicorn horns as penises O.o

It would make sense, but it would be a weird kind of redundant metaphor for a penis since the horse is a phallic symbol already?
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skylite-compass Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what really? the horse itself?
._. there are way too many phallic symbols
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TheGoldilocks Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TALK ABOUT RUINED CHILDHOOD, DEAR GOD WHAT :iconreactionplz:
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