Men are not Cinderella's problem, women are. Ultimately, the difficulty for Cinderella is not finding her prince, but getting to him; it's not a question of whether they will desire each other, but of whether she will be allowed by the other women to get there. The real problem, in other words, is not between men and women, but between women. If only women will let them, women can get on with men.38v naisen kokemuksia
There is a scene in The Philadelphia Story when Katharine Hepburn says to camera, "I think men are wonderful." No one could do this straight now, but Cinderella unequivocally thinks her prince is wonderful, and it is the other women in the story, apart from her fairy godmother, who don't want her to have that experience. As a contemporary fairy tale - which means a psychological one - it is a story about why women don't want other women to have pleasure. It is, by the same token, a story about how women - or parts of themselves - can be enemies of their own desire; a story about how women, out of fear of other women's envy, want to frustrate themselves.
Even though the characters in Cinderella, as in all fairy stories, are not rounded enough to be real people, the men in the story are noticeably blank. This is partly because men are the absent sex, but also because the men in the story are functional. And the function of the two main men, the father and the prince, is to be captivated (or dominated, depending on one's point of view) by their women.
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