If you ditch the Cinderella story and intentionally craft romantic relationships to suit you – evidence from business and philosophy says you might have a good chance of deep happiness.
A polyamorous philosopher draws from research evidence to argue that where love is concerned, we should break all the established rules.
The glass slippers in Disney’s 2015 film version of Cinderella.
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There is nothing new about a shoe fetish. Fairy tales have long featured amazing, high-tech footwear: from seven-league boots to glass slippers to red shoes.
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
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Why grown-ups still need fairy tales.
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We consciously and unconsciously tell fairy tales today, despite advances in logic and science. It’s as if there is something ingrained in us that compels us to see the world through this lens.
Edmund Dulac’s 1910 illustration of Sleeping Beauty.
Fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. But they are are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: from disappointment, and fear to envy and grief.