Re-write a Fairy Tale
I plan to rewrite the story Cinderella in comic book form so that the genders are swapped. When a man is in the role of Cinderella, the story will seem strange, and it will become apparent that values like physical beauty and humility are the only values that are placed on female characters.
The stories we tell children influence their perceptions of themselves, shape their values and create their moral and sociological framework. The gender roles and values in most ancient and many contemporary stories published for children are limiting and disempowering.
The zine will have a critical structure, and address issues in the story. By reading this zine, both parents and kids will think critically about the portrayal of women in the stories they read.
- To challenge gender stereotypes
- To give people a creative tool to use to think critically about the portrayal of women in the media