The most important aspect of the story is the wolf’s deception of Little Red Riding Hood, presented to us as an innocent person who is easily taken in by a two-faced character (charming man vs aggressor). The underlying theme of the story places guilt solely on the woman (Little Red Riding Hood): she wears clothes that attract attention, does not follow the well-marked path, decides to discover new routes, is not accompanied, talks with a stranger, etc. In short, the whole story is a sum of factors that trigger, in the end, aggression (devoured by the wolf). It is easy to extrapolate the story to real life. What dangers might girls encounter when they are going home? The danger can be men educated to be like wolves, educated in a macho environment, where violence, domination and the objectification of women is normalized.
Women who suffer sexual assault such as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to suffering the emotional and physical consequences, are also held responsible for what has happened to them for having “provoked” the aggression with the clothes that they wore, for where they were that night or their attitude. Society assumes that the responsibility for preventing violence that takes place in a public space is that of the woman, they should know how to protect themselves to avoid “provoking” male violence. Now, if macho violence is exercised by some men, why are they always absent from its prevention?
In the public space, different aggressions – physical, verbal or sexual – occur that, to a greater or lesser degree, cause discomfort in the victim. We are talking about everyday situations that most girls and women have lived at some point in their lives. These are difficult situations to detect, make them evident and share because they are very socially tolerated.
WHAT IF WE CHANGE THE STORY?
The video, recorded at Col.legi Maristes in Girona, included the participation of children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 15. Produced by DMA productions S.L. and with the special collaboration of the Lleida Festuc Teatre theater company. By interacting with puppets, we wanted to show the reaction and evolution of the responses of the creatures and young people putting themselves in the shoes of Little Red Riding Hood. A Little Red Riding Hood who breaks the silence and wants to stop being a victim of the wolf.
An important step to shine light on this violence, which until now had been silenced is to say #NoisNo or #Enough or #MeToo, I have also been a victim of macho violence, like Little Red Riding Hood. But this self-awareness of many Little Red Riding Hoods is not enough to stop the violence of the wolves. Something else must change in order for the streets to be safe and free from macho violence.
The purpose of the video is to highlight the need for a profound change in the model of masculinity that promotes and legitimizes violence against women. Standardized violence is present in many traditional stories, as part of the socialization of children and which are flooded with stereotypes and perverse messages.