The tale of Little Red Riding Hood hasn’t changed much from when it was first told in 14th century Europe. A young girl strays from the path and pays for it when a wolf ambushes her grandmother. However, early versions didn’t boast the brave woodcutter who smashes the slavering beast with his axe. Instead, the wolf serves Little Red her grandmother’s blood as wine and her meat as dinner, and a passing cat calls her a “slut” for partaking in this cannibalistic feast. When Charles Perrault rewrote the tale in the 17th century, he was serving in the court of King Louis XIV, whose bisexual brother Philippe would often dress as an older woman and attend female-only salons to seduce young women—something that sounds very wolfish, indeed.
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