There is no question that storytelling has an immense value for each society and that fairy-tales are a wonderful means of educating. They can be extremely subtle and tackle many important issues in a way that can be accessible to children, but that can also be understood on different, more complex levels by adults.
But story-telling is not stories being told. And fairy tales are not Disney World. Because ever since we were kids most of us have been immersed in a meaningless, consumer-driven world. We were being fed on prescribed dreams. And then the time comes when we have to let go, to stop dreaming, to wake up and be rational. Why, in the first place? It's easy to label today's youth as "disillusioned", but aren't we all part of this outcome?
Dina Goldstein manages to take those illusory fantasies of the childhood, and expose them by placing the flawless image of Disney princesses in the middle of (sobering and many times tough) reality.
From my point of view, fairy tales can be extremely inspiring. I don't think Dina Goldstein criticizes the content or concept of fairy-tales (in fact, many original Grimm and Andersen stories - e.g. "The Little Mermaid" - had quite dark themes) but rather the wrapping.
picture via likecool (also here: see the rest of the series)