Unhappily Ever After
What do fairy tales teach girls about what a woman should be? A revealing discussion about the dark side of these morality tales.
What do fairy tales teach girls about what a woman should be?
In the third in a series of programmes exploring misogyny in some of our most read books, a young primary school teacher and an Oxford professor who specialises in fairy stories join Jo Fidgen to discuss the messages encoded in these well-loved morality tales, and the effect they can have on women's sense of worth.
They engage in a revealing discussion about their depiction of violence against women. In the witch hunts of the 17th century, women were targeted for resembling the witches of fairy tales. Today, one woman talks about her experience of tolerating abuse in the hope of living happily ever after.