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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.
marguilovegood Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Very funny and thought-provoking!
neko-Alieth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Artist
i just loved what you write ^w^
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:
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
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).
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!
Kayzee-chan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Brilliant much?
trungles Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
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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