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Not to Be Controversial but Cinderella Has ALWAYS Been a Girlboss

Not to Be Controversial but Cinderella Has ALWAYS Been a Girlboss

8/4/2021 4:22:00 AM

Not to Be Controversial but Cinderella Has ALWAYS Been a Girlboss

The new trailer for that Camila Cabello -starring Cinderella adaptation has me...realizing things.....

Cinderellaadaptation that’s got Camila Cabello in the titular role, and all I could think was...they girlboss’d her.Instead of dreaming about a rich man swooping in and saving her through the historically property-focused, fundamentallypatriarchal institution of

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like a NORMAL WOMAN, this movie’sversion of Cinderella—sorry, simplyElla—is a dress designer who dreams of opening up her own shop. She even wears a pantsuit in one scene that also featuresPoseBilly Porter! If she leaned in any harder she’d fall down.

AdvertisementBut then I did something I rarely, if ever, do: I started to think. And that’s when I realized that Cinderella has always been at its core a tale of girlbossery. It has all the key elements! Gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss, etc.First of all, Cinderella

gaslights the prince by going to the ball without wearing a big sign that says “I AM POOR,” which is famously a crime. Secondly, the prince internalizes the harm caused by Cinderella’s gaslighting and begins gatekeeping the women of his village/town/whatever by telling them they can’t marry him because their

feet are fucked up. And then in the end, Cinderella wins by becoming a princess in line to be the queen, which is basically the CEO of early-modern fairy tale-setting Europe. Read more: Jezebel »

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