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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable review of the history of red riding hood, 14 May 2009
This review is from: Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale (Hardcover)
Catherine Orenstein gives a truly remarkable review of the history of red riding hood. Starting with the version of Perault, she moves on to the brothers Grimm, only to go back to the oral history before Perault. Then she evaluates the function of the story in different settings and times, giving original and eye-opening opinions.

What do you think of her vision of the various Prince Charmings: necrophilic pedophiles. Pointing out that the prince of Snowwhite falls in love with her after she died and wants to share his life with a corpse, and the prince of Sleeping Beauty falls in love with her comatose body lying in a death-like state. Both ladies underaged.

An other interesting vision is her disagrement with feministes that red riding hood was raped. Yes in our perspective she is. The wolf is a sexual active male as Perault point out and Orenstein confirms with several examples. But rape didn't exist in the days of Perault. It was the father of the girl who was robbed of the chance to arrange a marriage for his daughter and make some fortune out of it.

The book is written with great insight and also humor. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2010 21:57:34 GMT
C. Mason says:
Err, surely you mean 'rape didn't exist [in fictional narratives] in the days of Perault?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2011 10:00:22 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
Probably he means that since a young girl was effectively the property first of her family then of her husband rape in those days didn't exist as we would recognise and punish it.
Not a good thing for the girl, but she had no rights then anyway.
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