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Like Cinderella, But With More Incest

Cinderella is one of the most popular fairy-tale heroines today, and yet she is far from the only pitiable servant to don a ball gown and win a prince. In European fairy tales from oral tradition, there’s a closely related story, one with a beautiful but lowly protagonist and ball gowns and a prince and … incest. This sister-tale to Cinderella starts not with a mother-figure who hates her daughter excessively, but with a father who loves his daughter excessively. He swears to his dying wife to marry someone only as beautiful as her, who turns out to be (you guessed it!) their daughter. She postpones having to marry her father by asking for magically beautiful dresses, and then disguises herself in an animal skin and runs away. Continue Reading →

Introducing New MSP Blogger: Jeana Jorgensen

Hi all! I’m Jeana (pronounced like Jean-a or Gina for the curious), and I’m thrilled to be part of the MSP blogging team. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Folklore and Gender Studies at Indiana University, and I’m currently working on my dissertation on gender and the body in European fairy tales (don’t worry, you’ll hear a lot about it as I write the thing!). I got my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (with an emphasis on narrative folklore) at UC Berkeley. Continue Reading →

This Week at MSP: Sex Tourism, Kegels, Folklore, Sex Toys & More

This week our MSP blogging team grows even more. Today you will hear from two new bloggers: Miss Maggie Mayhem and Jeana Jorgensen, in addition to reading posts written by me, Kiersten, Kate and perhaps a few others (surprises ahead, I tell you!). You will read about sex tourism, folklore, belly dancing, sex maps, Kegel exercises and sex toys – and those are just the posts I know about! As with most blogs, many posts will be unexpected, influenced by what is going on in the world at any given time. I hope you will Continue Reading →