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There were never any "good old days" — they are today, they are tomorrow
Huh. Yeah, that is what it's about, isn't it? 
31st-Aug-2011 02:06 pm
I remember well the shock I experienced the first time I read the story of Cinderella to one of our daughters; I later told my wife, Louise, that I felt like I'd just participated in a cultural experiment or brainwashing session.

Cinderella was the good girl and the pretty young woman. She was compliant, uncomplaining, hard-working (as a maid!) in the service of authority, and spent a lot of time in a dream world. Her stepsisters were women who knew what they wanted and were on a mission to get it. Thus, they were characterized as ugly and undesirable. The object of all this competition was the appropriate and inevitable goal of every woman, according to the Cinderella story, a man to submit herself to. But not just any man — this was a man of wealth and power, which allowed everybody to overlook the fact that he was so self-obsessed that after dancing with Cinderella for several hours, he still couldn't remember what her face looked like.
— Thom Hartmann, "Deprogramming Women with AD/HD", in Understanding Women with AD/HD, Nadeau and Quinn, eds.
31st-Aug-2011 09:23 pm (UTC)

I was more disturbed that not only in the entire kingdom was there only one person of that shoe size, but also that the glass slipper (which was clearly part of the expires-at-midnight enchantment (although that is not specified)) remained enchanted. But I was pretty young when I read it, and it had very little reread potential.
31st-Aug-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
This is where reading the original rather than the Disney comes in handy, as the magic is of a slightly different sort.
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