Fairy tales linked to violent relationships
I don't know. Part of me feels like saying "Well, Duh! They have to have a formal study to conclude that society brainwashes women from birth with this crap?" All the fairy tales they refer to (Cinderella, Rapunzel, et al) revolve around a woman finding love and "living happily ever after" as her big accomplishment in life. I can't think of a single comparable tale revolving around a woman having personal achievements. (Though we have "Mulan" these days. ) The stories boys get told are much more likely to address male personal achievements.Susan Darker-Smith, a graduate student who wrote the academic paper, said she found many abuse victims identified with characters in famous children's literature and claimed the stories provide "templates" of dominated women.
I grew up identifying with characters like Red Sonja and Rifkind.