Have you ever considered the story of Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters? Neither have I until tonight. That story has done more to give stepsisters a bad name than anything I've ever seen or read. This also got me to thinking about stepmothers. That story didn't do a lot to help their image either. You add to that the story of Snow White and man do stepmothers really get a bad rap.
Now Disney hasn't helped the whole mother stepmother thing at all. The mother seems to always die and if they bring another woman into the story she is one bitch from hell. Come on people, why are women always vilified or shown to be weak and helpless and or sickly. Dads however are always strong and heroes, well unless they get knocked off too which is rare, but as a rule they always come in and save the day. Even when the dad does get knocked off they somehow come off as strong and brave and on occasion they will put in a ghostly appearance or their voice is woven into the end of the story with some tidbit of wisdom.
Personally I am sick of this shit. Yes I said shit, get over it. Think about what I'm saying here. Do the women really like being portrayed in this sort of manor? Men do you want you daughters to think are they less because they are female? Do you think they are less because they are female? I hope not and if you do maybe someone should be writing a terrifying fairy tale about the wicked fathers.
Now here is the real kicker. While I was thinking about the whole stepsister thing it dawned on me that, can you guess it, Cinderella herself was a stepsister. So what you might ask. Well if stepsisters are mean nasty ugly bitches then that means that Cinderella was a mean nasty ugly bitch as well. Now if the story was told from her perspective then I have to assume that she was a lying cheating low down dirty little piece of crap and the whole Cinderella story is not only a fairy tell but a crappy fairy tale and is not a lesson in good versus evil but is skewed in favor of the one who got her story out. Maybe we should get the story from the other side. I bet it would be a hell of a lot different.
Now on to stepmothers. We live in a time when there are a lot of combined families. That means that not only are there a lot of stepsisters out there but a hell of a lot of stepmothers as well. I'm a stepmother to two girls. I have a daughter of my own. Get where I"m going with this? I want, no I demand, that stepmothers stop being made the villains and we be allowed to take our place among society as decent loving kind women. It doesn't matter that on occasion that we do have a strong desire to smack our stepdaughters on the back of the head at times. Hell I get the same desire to do that to the one I gave birth to. Children regardless of their age can be a pain in the ass every now and then God love them. I know I do.