These kinds of pictures were made to show intelligent, powerful women as ugly and frightening. The reverse is true but labels and fear are always used by those in power to destroy and prevent others from living their lives freely and openly. That’s what the status quo is all about. In the beginning, men killed women and took their property. Men always kill women just because they can. It was an easy way of eliminating women they felt were threatening. It’s happening today. It never ends. If men want to burn us at the stake again, they will write a law that states that they can. When you’re in charge of the laws, you can do ANYTHING you like, that’s why women aren’t part of the process. Witches live next door to you, they work at your bank, they teach your kids. They are everywhere and they are beautiful. That’s why they are portrayed as ugly.
Princesses are weak, not very bright, helpless and beautiful. They are promoted by society. They set the standard of what a female should be. They obey and marry people they never met. They have no friends and are waiting to be rescued.
Witches are free and powerful, so they are portrayed as evil. They don’t need to be rescued, they don’t need anything. They are threatening to men, to the establishment, so they are portrayed as ugly…their punishment for refusing to be princesses, is to be killed and/or hated.
These are training stories for children. It’s done on purpose. Imagine Beauty and the Beast in gender reversal. Right…no way at all. All done on purpose. Normally, the prince has both parents and is wealthy. Princesses are unconscious, singing to birds, in comas, living with dwarfs, kept in towers and none of them have mothers, just hateful, neglectful, invisible fathers. Stepmothers are shown to be evil because women are evil in the society in which we live. Only those who follow the rules and OBEY men are considered good. Think of one male in a fairy tale who is locked up, punished, forced to marry a stranger, poor, cleaning out fireplaces, friendless, running through the woods with someone chasing him to take his heart because he’s handsome. Think about it. It’s a set up. Male=power, freedom. Female=misery, isolation, fear, helplessness, powerlessness, motherless, mistreatment, cruel fathers, no choices, saved by men who kiss them awake. Men want to create life, but only women can do that, so they make princesses half dead, waiting to be given life by some strange guy passing by.
These stories are cultural lessons that show children EXACTLY how society works. They are actually cautionary tales that should be used to show children the evils of the society that is waiting for them.