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I'm watching "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" with the kids. When Aidan saw the prince in his tights and high boots, he asked me, "Momma, why is he walking around outside in his socks?"
Now we're at the part where the witch realizes she's been fooled about Snow White being dead . . . the kids cried out, "Uh-oh! The bad part!" and Aidan advised, "Curl up in a ball!" and so, they did. Both Aidan and Gabrielle got on their little hands and knees and hid their heads as the witch concocted her magic spell to trick Snow White.
Of course, I'm sitting here, analyzing the many stereotypes that fill this classic film. Think of the witch -- an aging woman threatened by a younger woman's beauty. Gee, we don't see that in the media any more, do we? I think I saw at least 3 ads in the latest Oprah magazine for "age-defying" creams and serums. For some reason, we are desperately afraid of aging and looking our age in our society. Part of that, I suppose, comes from a fear of death and/or the fear of becoming useless/ineffective. For the Queen's part, she is so driven by jealousy of another woman (another theme in the media; pitting women against each other in superficial competition) that she orders a murder so that she can be "fairest in the land".
Next we have our victim: pure, sweet, innocent Snow White. She comes across an empty cottage in shambles and her first instinct is to clean it from top to bottom because she thinks that seven orphans live there. She, after tsk-tsking the state of the house, wonders why "their mother" doesn't clean up. Then it occurs to her that they might not have a mother. And we all know dads don't clean up, right? After the dwarfs return home, Snow White is so very pleased to stay in the cottage to clean, cook, do laundry, and essentially become the mother/wife for seven grown men who don't regularly wash their hands before eating. She even tells these bearded men when it's time to go to bed.
And these silly men...oh my. Such images of men are just as problematic as the images of women who "love" to clean and serve others. These men are incapable of the basics of cooking a meal and cleaning up after themselves. They, for some inexplicable reason, need the presence of a woman to bring out the humanity in them. And they are entranced as she sings of her aspiration in life: "Some day, my prince will come . . . ."
[Interjection: The Witch just fell off the cliff after being pursued by the dwarfs. Gabielle said, "Ha ha, she's dead."]
OK, I am trying not to throw up right now. The words on the screen just said something along the lines of "Snow White was so beautiful, even in death, that the dwarfs could not find it in their hearts to bury her. They kept an eternal vigil by her side." Then the prince comes along after hearing that there is a DEAD WOMAN in a glass coffin and his initial reaction is to KISS HER. Ummm ... hello? Can we say creepy necrophiliac?
[Side Note: In one of the fairy tale versions of this story, the prince comes because he wants to take her body to the castle because she is so beautiful -- talk about a trophy wife -- and when they move the casket, the poison apple falls from her lips and she wakes up. And probably thinks, "What the hell am I doing in a casket and why is this weird guy taking me to the castle?"]
After being "revived by the kiss of true love", Snow White asks no questions, hops on the prince's horse and says, "Goodbye" to the dwarfs. Cue the music and violins . . . just like real life, right?