One of my wonderful followers, Tania, sent me a link to an interesting article that she published on her website recently. The article highlights how fairy tales have evolved and been sanitised over time, and looks at how politically incorrect some of these fairy tales are. It’s an interesting and humorous read so you should definitely check it out. Here’s just a couple of examples from the article:
- Red Riding Hood – “Sam ‘The Sham’ and the Pharaohs” admonished Red, singing that she shouldn’t “. . .go walking in these spooky old woods alone”. Good advice for a small child who was sent, unattended by a parent, to visit an aging relative who was probably in need of 24-hour in-home care. Of course, there is also the wolf, a stalker and an abuser of the elderly.
- The Pied Piper – The Piper of the tale was obviously a cult-leader who had lured not only the rats, but also the children of the beleaguered township of Hamelin. The Pied Piper obviously had anger-management issues, which might have been addressed with classes and counseling in a modern version of the story.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention Tania!