The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children's Fairy Tales

  title={The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children's Fairy Tales},
  author={Lori Baker-Sperry and Liz Grauerholz},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={711 - 726}
This study advances understanding of how a normative feminine beauty ideal is maintained through cultural products such as fairy tales. Using Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, the authors explore the extent and ways in which “feminine beauty” is highlighted. Next, they compare those tales that have survived (e.g., Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) with those that have not to determine whether tales that have been popularized place more emphasis on women's beauty. The findings suggest that… 

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