well, i think there are different slightly less overt versions of immobilisation among fairytale heroines, aren't there? that was kind of the idea i took from the twelve dancing shoes story. i assume that theme of locked up sexuality (that's my reading of it...) is a common one, and there's a lot of variants on the theme. that's kind of why i find the comparison with dolls interesting - because i think there is a crossover there - different versions of immobilisation. and that's something common to misogynistic society, isn't it? it just takes different forms.
on a more general theme, i like the story of the enchanted stag. made me think of circe. why were so many women of greek myth so utterly fabulous?
i need to refamiliarise myself with the snow queen. i loved it, and i've forgotten it.