Have you ever thought that some of your favorite fairytale heroes and heroines could have been of the opposite gender if those stories were written in a different time? Of course, some like The Little Mermaid could never have worked, but some have already been reversed to offer interesting new angles on the stories that have been well-known for generations. One such example is Cinderella, who in its male version became… Cinderfella!
Contrary to what you might think at first, this idea is not new. In fact, it has been made into a movie called Cinderfella back in 1960 by legendary comedian Jerry Lewis. Now, a company called Rebel Girls decided to follow up on it after realizing that most of the books and the TV shows they grew up with lacked women in prominent positions. After the research showed those trends have not changed over the past couple of decades, they decided to take things into their own hands – it is how the idea for a book called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was born.
The book includes 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, from Virginia Woolf to Serena Williams. It was illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world and it also includes a modern take of classic fairytales such as Cinder(f)ella.
As the Rebel Girls say, you should definitely read these stories to your sons in order to help them learn to identify and empathize with female heroes as well.