Someone sent me pics and video of an amphibian, that is peacefully co-existing in her garden…most of the time. She says there are times when the amphibian can be loud and host late night parties when it’s buddies decide to drop in for feasting on insects and a croaking fest, raising a cacophony. When she referred to the frog/toad as a ‘he’, I wondered why the presumption. What if it is a female amphibian?
It brought to mind the fairy tale “The princess and the frog” and along with this thought, came a host of questions.
What if the genders were switched in the story? Let’s imagine it had been a prince who had come across a frog/toad and became indebted to it when it helped him, and in turn the prince agreed to abide by the toad/frog’s wishes, carried it home. He eventually kissed the amphibian with it’s explicit permission and request, causing the curse to be lifted and it was transformed into a beautiful woman. They live happily ever after.
Would the story hold as much appeal in a world that is patriarchal in nature? Or does that have no bearing on its appeal?
PS: Of course there are other possibilities. The frog could have been poisonous or other ways the story could have played out. But disregarding those for now.