A brilliant article by Angela Slatter about the Little Red Riding Hood tale and how it’s been twisted all out of shape over time.
It’s been an interesting journey for Little Red Riding Hood. She started life in a tribal tale about a girl who outsmarts a wolf – all on her own, no outside help. A few centuries later, she gets a red cap, loses about twenty IQ points and gets eaten by a transvestite wolf. Add another hundred or so years, the cap becomes a hood, she loses a few more brain credits, gets molested, and then eaten by the same cross-dressing wolf but is rescued by a big, strong man and learns never to disobey the rules again
Thanks to Peter Tennant for bringing this to my attention. You know how much I love my transvestite wolves.