This is not a book for children, but it is a book for everyone who was a child – once upon a time.
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Jane Gilmore, author of Fixed It and Teaching Consent, takes aim at fairy tale princesses and hits right at the heart of the myths that underpin women’s poverty and men’s violence.
Though a piecing combination of analysis and storytelling, Jane Gilmore peels back the layers of enchantment and exposes the ugly truth behind the fairy tales that have been embedded in our culture over centuries of telling and retelling.
After laying bare the history, context, and effect of fairy tale princesses, the reworked stories of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast shine a light into the darkness and show us the dangers of the fairy tale princess myth.
Another small book with a huge impact! Read the extracts below to see for yourself.
“A rollicking and fun yet surprising, incisive read that will give you a new window on tired tropes and perhaps inspire you to write your own patriarchy-free fairy tale.”
– Ginger Gorman
“Like all great fairy tales, Gilmore’s are a beautiful, horrifying insight into how we got here and the monsters that might eat us if we do nothing.”
– Anna Spargo-Ryan
“This book is sharp, searingly funny, and has that jaw-dropping honesty that Jane Gilmore does so effortlessly.”
– Dr Jennifer Martin
About the author:
Jane Gilmore is a writer, journalist, speaker, and consent educator. She has been writing about the causes and effects of violence for over a decade and has now turned to prevention education.
Jane has a Master of Journalism from Melbourne University and has written for Crikey, The Guardian, the ABC, SBS, Junkee, The Age, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, News.com.au, The New Daily, the Hoopla, and Inkl, among others.
Her first book, Fixed It: Violence and the representation of women was published by Penguin Random House in 2019. She was one of three contributors to the book Work. Love. Body. in 2021. Her second book. Teaching Consent: Real Voices from the Consent Classroom was published in 2022. Her third book, Fairy Tale Princesses Will Kill Your Children will be published in October 2023.
Title: Fairy Tale Princesses Will Kill Your Children
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-6455296-2-3
ISBN (Ebook): 978-0-6455296-3-0
Publication date: 26 October, 2023