Cover Photo: ‘Cinderella,’ by John Everett Millais, 1881
‘Cinderella,’ by John Everett Millais, 1881

The Virtues of Willfulness: How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Look for Truths Beyond the Simple Stories

Too many people are fed one version of a story, a false one, and do not interrogate it. But the world of fairy tales is rife with opportunities to practice critical thinking, if only we look closer.



‘Cinderella,’ by Anne Anderson (1874-1930)

We should be teaching our daughters to go out and achieve their dreams, not to wait for a prince!


Into the Woods

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‘Cinderella,’ by Walter Crane, 9 September 1897

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Cate's fiction, plays, and book reviews have been published by The Masters Review, Fairy Tale Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Sycamore Review, Bookslut, Slate, Stage Partners, and more. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.