Fairy Tale Gender Stereotypes

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The fairy tale is known for one of the most well-read genres, including ‘classic’ tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. However, this popular genre has influenced the roles of men and women. In today’s mass media culture, thinking about the importance of fairy tales may seem irrelevant. While some could argue that fairytales are just fantasy, others take it more seriously and can recognize the influence these fairy tales have in reinforcing gender stereotypes. The princess, the damsel in distress, the evil witch, the hero, the prince, the savior, the brave one; we all connect them to the gender stereotypes used to represent men and women in fairy tales. These images of men and women that we are all too familiar with,
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