Monday, April 25, 2005

Ann Coulter: Beauty, Beast, Rapunzel, Cinderella, or all of the above?

I have lamented several times before that neither Lakoff nor Ducat provide a satisfactory explanation for the development of conservative women of all types: nuns, submissive wives, and Coulter/Schlafly types.

Perhaps this grad student is onto something:

Fairy tales linked to violent relationships

Young girls who enjoy classic romantic fairy tales like "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast" are at greater risk of becoming victims of violent relationships in later life, a British researcher says.

A study of both parents of primary school children and women who have been involved in domestic abuse claims than those who grew up reading fairy tales are likely to be more submissive as adults.

Susan Darker-Smith, a graduate student who wrote the academic paper, said she found many abuse victims identified with characters in famous children's literature and claimed the stories provide "templates" of dominated women.

Remember when those fairy-tales were written and who wrote them...?

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