Fairy tales and domestic abuse
At the blog Moved By Faith, Em recently wrote a post called Fairy Tale Malarkey.
And a while ago I wrote a post called Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
I think there may be a lot we can understand about domestic abuse from fairy tales. Some of this learning may come from debunking the false view of reality that fairy tales can give us, as Em pointed out in her post. But some of the learning may come from us thinking about how the imagery or plots of fairy tales depict aspects of domestic abuse. For example, I was reading The Sleeping Beauty the other night and thought about how all those courtiers asleep in the palace are like the church being asleep to the spell that abusers have cast.
I’d like to invite you all to ponder this, and see if you can come up with any de-bunkings, re-tellings or applied interpretations of fairy tales that will help us chew the cud about the dynamics of domestic abuse. Over to you: