chapter  17
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'Some Day My Prince Will Come': Female Acculturation through the Fairy Tale

In a review of children's stories for a Christmas issue of the New York Review of Books, Alison Lurie praised traditional fairy and folk tales as

Radical feminists, apparently, bought neither Ms Lurie's ideas nor the collections of fairy tales. It is hard to see how children could be 'prepared' for women's liberation by reading fairy tales; an analysis of those fairy tales that children actually read indicates instead that they serve to acculturate women to traditional social roles.