I am a feminist. Of course I believe in gender equality, and equality for all people for that matter. Inequality seems to be a constant ongoing discussion in life, no matter where you turn, you're bound to find it being mentioned. Some people take to the internet, write articles or make speeches to explicitly voice their views, others turn to poetry, writing their beliefs in hidden codes through their words.
Poetry touches us all in different, yet important ways. It is known to be sentimental, educational, inspirational and developmental. You can learn a lot about yourself, others and the world around you just by reading a poem or two. Poetry represents the way people feel about certain things and events. Poems tend to be deeply personal for both the writers and the readers. Poems touch emotions and get you thinking about how you relate to the subject matter. Poetry can be very relatable for people of all educational backgrounds.
The poet Anne Sexton turned to poetry after she began suffering from mental illness, using it as her outlet. Among the themes she wrote about included themes like the bond between a mother and her children, and gender. One of her poems titled ‘Cinderella' written from a third person point of view and describes multiple ‘rags to riches' scenarios by mentioning a plumber with twelve children who wins the Irish Sweepstakes (The Irish equivalent of the Oz Lotto), a nursemaid winning the heart of the eldest son of a wealthy man, a milkman who decides to turn to real estate and makes a ton of money, and a charwoman who is on a bus when it cracks up and collects a lot of money from insurance. The poem punctuates how unlikely these occurrences are by mentioning the line "You always read about it:" and "That Story".

The poem then launches into the story of Cinderella. Fairy tales have influenced the fantasies of children and adults alike throughout generations. However, the classic fairy tale of Cinderella takes on a whole new perspective in Anne Sexton's poem  Cinderella . Sexton's perspective on the acclaimed childhood story is fairly different than the typical story that is always presented.

A famous take on the Cinderella story is Walt Disney's 1959 version and the 2015 remake, one of the most popular and renowned fairy tales transmitted by the media and popular culture, has a n illusory world full of whimsical characters enveloped in magic. In noticeable contrast to the popular Disney film, Sexton's version of the  Cinderella  story portrays an unpleasant reality containing superficiality, gruesome violence, and death. The closest take on the story presented by Sexton would be the 2014 Disney movie Into the Woods.

Cinderella's mother dies, in Sexton's poem, and the girl is neglected by her father and stepmother. Later, Cinderella's two stepsisters try to steal her future husband away from her. The events in Sexton's fairy tale appear more a part of reality than those presented in the acclaimed Disney film.

Sexton's mockery of the  Cinderella  story is closer to the version of the Brother's Grimm fairy tale. The Grimm Brothers were more apt to include violence in their stories. Sexton wrote in her poem concerning the sister s who amputated her big toe and the other, her heel to be able to fit her foot into Cinderella's slipper, "that is the way with amputations. They don't just heal up like a wish".
The two sisters later appear at the wedding and, rather gruesomely, have their eyes plucked out by birds.

Sexton's humorous quote about amputations is a blow to the superficial pretence that the media and popular culture displays in entertainment. The two sister's mutilating their own feet is a clear demonstration of how some women today are damag ing their physical appearances, in an effort to appeal to their prince charming. However, the media and popular culture tend to cover up or ignore the dark side of reality presented in Sexton's poem.

Sexton finishes the poem by mentioning that Cinderella and her Prince lived happily ever after, like two dolls in a museum case, never having to worry about diapers, dust, never arguing of things like the timing of an egg, telling