Little Red Riding Hood and Sexual Awakening

     The Grimm’s brothers are thought to have originally wrote Little Red Riding Hood with parts like Red going to grandma’s and being asked to do things like take off her clothes and burn them, which has long been cut out of the fairy tale. Many people argue that the red cloak symbolizes Red as becoming a woman and losing her virginity. The wolf is a character that supposedly translates as a sexual predator. In RedRidinghood by Donna Leishman we can see that she really emphasized the wolf as a sexual predator. However, in this elit version, Red doesn’t seem all that resistant. Red ends up pregnant so Leishman instantly clears any doubt of sexual awakening references. Apparently Red didn’t mind the sex considering she looks to be about 8 or 9 months pregnant and wasn’t tied down or trying to leave. Leishman also re-writes the ending and instead of the woodcutter coming in to save her, Red has a gun pointed to her head. Obviously, the predator has no use for an infant.

    Many other interpretations are widespread about what the story of Red Riding Hood really wants children too learn. On the surface, it seems to be about obeying your parents and staying on the path. In the clip below, the guys at the diner do a really good job of questioning what the Grimm brothers were really thinking when they wrote this. These men argue that Red Riding Hood was in fact meant to be used as sex education, calling Red’s mother unfit by sending her to grandma’s for womanly advice. This clip is rated R for some nudity and language.


     There are several more adult versions that are made into electronic literature, emphasizing the sexual undertones in this Grimm’s tale. One similar to the first one we talked about can be found below. In this clip, Red is actually fighting the wolf and is saved by grandma rather than actually losing her virginity. The story itself has been very controversial and has several different interpretations of the sexual undertones in this story.


  1 comment for “Little Red Riding Hood and Sexual Awakening

  1. February 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    We studied this same subject in Women’s Studies last semester. Apparently most fairy tales that were made back then contained some kind of metaphor for growing up and becoming a woman. Another thing to add about Red Riding Hood’s case was that in order for an innocent girl to learn about the pleasures and constraints of adulthood, she must first break away from her motherly figure to discover these things for herself. It’s said that the same concept is represented in the story of Peter Pan, where Wendy is whisked away to Neverland because she doesn’t want to grow up. She later returns, ready to grow up, after she was earlier confronted with the responsibilities of motherhood (by caring for the lost boys in Neverland).

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