All the best fairy tales are full of bloodshed and cruelty. My personal favorite was the version of Cinderella where the stepsisters cut pieces of their feet off, and the blood drips out of the glass slipper. Then there’s The Goose Girl, where the scheming maid not only steals the princess’s position and bridegroom, but also murders her magical talking horse, Falada, and hangs its severed head over a doorway through which the deposed princess has to walk every day; that one was a little too grim even for me. And of course, there’s a whole passel of evil queens exorcising various levels of baby-stealing, curse-inflicting pique.
Women don’t always come off very well in fairy tales.