I´ve taken the opportunity that Fairy Tales in 2012 started yesterday and will remain open until July the 8th, to talk a little about Fairy Tales, and women´s roles in it, starting with Little Red Ridding Hood, as an example of the violence in it and of the Tale as a cautionary one.
When first published in print by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697 this story was finally brought from oral tradition into paper, the red hood or cap are leftovers of the mentioning of blood in the previous versions, the ending in Perrault is also closer to the original one, one of death and violence, where all little girls who stray from paths suffer danger.
And here we have so many angles to the story a tale of warning told to children, that you shouldn´t tsray of the path and roads, and enter woods alone (one of the biggest symbols for the unknown and unfamiliar), that you shouldn´t talk to strangers, (in this case the big bad wolf, reminiscent of Loki in the dialogue and a trickster himself).
But many also view the story as a symbol of sexual awakening, and loss of virginity, while we see Little red as a little girl, a long time ago little girls where not little for long, while in the oldest versions of the tale make her a victim her story is later changed as a smart child, who tho reckless for venturing in the woods alone, was smart to see thru the wolf´s diguise, and call out for help, turning the whole idea of the trickster dialogue around, where the wolf is not telling lies to cove his identity, but simply answering her questions, and while doing so is tricked by he in outing himself, of all characters in fairy tales, at least female ones, Red gains more insight and depth as a character thru time, going from a small disobedient child who gets herself killed for being disobedient, to a smart little girl who is foolish but smart to call out for help, to modern times where it´s usually replaced by a strong woman capable to defend her ground, or to even an over sexualized hunter of wolfs.
For years we were told don´t step out of the path and be careful of strange men, today Red Riding can very much walk wherever she wishes, the wolfs are still out there of course, and violence still happens everyday, except women these days learn to be careful from other sources, while blood is still red.
All of this to bring you an amazing new event, where SL creators create their own vision of the symbols of these Fairy tales, and it´s refreshing to see that in a world as SL where women are the main shoppers, the more depicted characters are female ones, in ways that today are quite far from their original ones.
Skin: Lara Hurley – Snow White (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Exile – Lady in Red (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Top: Glam Affair – Lisa (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Pants: Tableau Vivant – Shindig Pants (COLLABOR88)
Undertop: Miamai – Nene Red (CHIC²)
Sandals: lassitude & ennui – Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss
Pose by label motion – Fugitive (Fairy Tales in 2012)
ETA: I decide to add one of my favourite Illustraction of this story:
Little Red Riding Hood begins to suspect something. Illustration by Gustave Dore (1832-1883) for ‘Les Contes de Perrault’, 1867.