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Disney vs. 7 early fairytales 

The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up).  Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<

But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales.  Especially Bluebeard.  We need a Bluebeard adaptation.

Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself. 

The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away. 

"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this

We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy 

Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info

reblogging for the excellent commentary

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Anonymous asked:

I don't understand why people think Beyonce is dumb!! ???? Did it come from her talking slow or something? (Even tho Mama Tina & Solange talk slow too) & they're all country lol I'm trying to understand where it came from? Bey seems smart as hell to me. Especially when it comes to her work. She's a genius.

#teamlightskint Answer:

serfborts:

She tries not to talk w/ her southern ass country accent anymore in interviews so she talks differently and ppl use that to come for her. It’s another one of those “I think Bey is overrated so let’s find a flaw” situations. It stems from people believing she doesn’t have a HS diploma when in reality

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that’s from the DC book. I love using this receipt.

Bey is very smart and that’s why she’s her own manager and #1 on Forbes. And even if she didn’t finish HS, they’d just be jealous that she’d be a successful dummy and they didn’t amount to anything

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*sees cute white boy* padre nuestro que estas en el cielo santificado sea tu nombre venga tu reino hagase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo danos hoy nuestro pan de cada dia perdona nuestras ofensas como tambien nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden no nos dejes caer en tentacion y libranos del mal amen

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