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Amanda Leduc: Ableism and Disability in Fairy Tales

Though they may seem like simple tales with heartwarming messages, fairy tales sometimes provide a false sense of reality when they depict magic and divine intervention erasing disabilities and disadvantages. "Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space," author and disability advocate Amanda Leduc analyzes how the stories we learn when we're young help shape our ideas of self-worth, for better or worse.
July 6, 2020 - 26:11

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What's on This Week

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    Jul 06
    How Fairy Tales Shape Children
    Author and disability activist Amanda Leduc discusses why she was compelled to write "Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space." The book is part memoir and part analysis of ableism and disability in fairy tales, and how the messages within can shape how children see themselves, for better or worse.
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