Cinderella: A feminist tale

Oh I know what you’re saying. Cinderella is a partriarchial fantasy perpertuating the oppression of woman; the myth that a woman needs a man. That is the Feminist spin, isn’t it? 

There are a lot of people out there who have no idea or a skewed idea of what feminism is.  Feminism is not about hating men, growing armpit hair, or the underlying subtext of a fairy tale. Unfortunately, for many, feminism takes on negative connotations because it all too frequently looks for the dark side–in  everything relating to women. The most outspoken, high-profile  feminists (e.g.Germain Greer) are the ones who get all the press, which leads to the lopsided conception of feminism itself: Man wants to keep woman down.  In some instances, and cultures, that is true, however, the key word there is some.  What this dark side, this negative view of feminism often leads to is Woman keeping Woman down.

So listen up girls, ladies, women, chicks! Quite simply put, true feminism means being pro woman–pro every woman, not just the woman who believe in patriarchal opression, or the one who wants a life on her on terms, but also a woman who believes in having a husband and children. The entire spectrum of a woman and her issues of reproduction, health, lifestyle, employment, and home life sits under the hat of feminism.

So let’s look at Cinderella through a pro-woman eye: The strongest, most powerful characters in the story are women; the Evil Stepmother (ES), Cinderella (C), and the Fairy Godmother (FG). The Prince? Well, he’s a sideline, a stepping stone to a better life outside the opression of a better, higher paying job.  He does nothing and he certainly doesn’t oppress the glass-slippered one–that’s ES and her nasty daughters work.

Think about it. When you come down to it. C has a choice, one that’s given to her by another woman (FG), not by a man. So the idea she needs a man to take her away from her drudgery is baloney. What she needs is a woman, a true mother figure if you will, to guide her. 

Now how feminist is that? 


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