One Venti Romance With No Fairytale Please

A modern-day play in five quotes, a divorce, and… a happily ever after?

Amelia Devall
Hello, Love

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Illustration by Alex Noreiga (“Stuff No-One Told Me” blog, 2010)

Every time I bump into a wannabe princess longing for her fairytale romance, I remember this funny cartoon and I giggle. I used to dream of a fairytale too. I was a huge fan of Cinderella, although I have no sisters, my mother is not cold-hearted or wicked, and I don’t do house chores.

Seven years of a toxic relationship and a divorce later, I am ready to pinpoint everything that’s wrong with this heart-shaped, rose-scented, golden-sparkled, foamy-bubble devil of a construct that does nothing else but lay the path to misery.

1. Benevolent Sexism

“Everyone wants the fairy tale, but don’t forget there are dragons in those stories.”

― R. Queen, Darkchylde

Dragons, witches, trolls… While any decent fairytale gets rid of these villains before they cause harm and the princess marries their slayer, this damsel-in-distress scenario is highly toxic.

Going a little deeper into the differential treatment of genders, we can see that it perpetrates regressive and patronizing myths about women. A cursed trope we run into in…

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Amelia Devall
Hello, Love

Freelance copywriter, translator, cat lover. Anxiety & depression fighter. Couch potato. Poet. Joker.