She goes on to ask:
…it does raise an interesting question about the role of stories and storytelling in shaping the roles of women (and men). After all, storytelling â€” whether in print, television, movies or theater form â€” is the primary way we learn cultural values and expectations.
That makes me wonder, what fairy tales are out there that go against prevailing notions of femininity and masculinity? I’ve found a couple of kids’ books that might fit the bill – The Paper Bag Princess comes to mind immediately.
But what about stories that get passed on orally? Or stories that end up as Disney movies? What ones of those resist traditional gender stereotypes? How might we begin to change the stories we tell children so that the kind of conclusions found in the study are transformed? How can we help girls grow up to be strong women, who don’t try to “live happily ever after” if there is something wrong in a relationship?