We’re Doing a Gender, Sexuality, and the Fairy Tale Lecture for Smithsonian Associates Tomorrow!
June 19, 2023
We’re doing a talk for the Smithsonian Associates on Gender, Sexuality, and the Fairy Tale for Pride Month TOMORROW NIGHT (6/20)! We were so thrilled that they invited us to speak on this awesome, super important topic, and tomorrow night you can come hear all about some of our favorite queer fairy tales.
Some more excellent news – Smithsonian Associates has told us they’re now offering a 3-day replay window, so if you can’t make it live, no problem! You can watch later that week.
Even more fabulous news – the lovely Paul Vogelzang interviewed us about this very talk and topic, and you can listen right here for free!
Want to know more? BOOM:
“Fairy tales have a reputation for being conventional, and many of the most famous fairy tales appear, on the surface at least, to be just that. Tales like Cinderella and Snow White famously end with dazzlingly beautiful girls marrying princes, and others, like Jack and the Beanstalk, reward boys for their bravery and brashness with wealth and power. However, beginning as early as the 1970s, feminist fairy-tale scholars have pointed out tales and readings that complicate those conventions, and now researchers and writers are expanding on these beginnings to explore fairy tales’ queer possibilities.
Once used to mean strange or eccentric, later wielded as a slur against homosexuality, and eventually reclaimed by activists and scholars, the word “queer” can simply mean different than expected. Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman share some very old and very unconventional fairy tales and discuss modern LGBTQ+ twists on old tales and traditions. From a little-known 12th-century (and possibly even older) version of Snow White to literary fairy tales being written now, learn how fairy tales can be surprisingly inclusive and wonderfully disruptive to our expectations.”