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ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO. BOI, ID.

JWJ STUDIO

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

ART + DESIGN

JWJ STUDIO.

The Disarming Disservice of Prince Charming
The Disarming Disservice of Prince Charming (2021) Acrylic, gouache, and ink on gallery stretched canvas. Photo: Justin W John
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Acrylic, Ink, Gouache
Stretched Canvas
Gloss, Matte
36 x 36 x 1.5 inches

From childhood, a great many of us are raised on stories and classic fairy tales about magic, romance, and good vs. evil. They usually have a moral to the legend, a lesson to be learned that teaches us about social models to live by—what is acceptable in society and what is not.

However, most of these stories hold onto the traditional gender partnering of a man and a woman. The more troubling stereotype is that the large majority of female roles are often portrayed as helpless and defenseless in the big evil world. She is often without a family—a standard premise—without a man to defend or rescue her from the clutches of some villainous force.

Put into little brains time and again, these archetypes dominate the stories passed down from generation to generation. The fairytale lingers like an echo into adulthood. It hinders independence and growth, creating co-dependent psychosocial constructs that hold people to antiquated social standards.

In this case, Snow White, with her red Apple (iPhone) in her mouth, is too busy to worry about wherever pink Prince Charming is or whatever he is doing. All she knows is—he isn’t there—and that’s evidence enough that she is just fine without him.