Fairy tales help people work through archetypal conflicts. In Snow White, for instance, we see the eternal drama of a little girl discovering her womanhood.
A girl’s maturity threatens the position of the mother as the woman of the family. The girl feels that she is transgressing against the mother’s role by growing up. This is, of course, not the actual mother but the dark image of the mother, her negative shadow, which is why she’s called a stepmother in the story.
The girl hides from the wrath of the mother shadow in the company of the dwarves who represent miniature, incomplete, non-threatening masculinity because she’s not ready yet to engage with real, fully grown masculinity. The mother shadow tries to subvert her growing up with the traditional markers of domesticated femininity, clothes, mirror and food. Food is what manages to thwart the girl’s growth because it returns her to the earliest, pre-genital stage of development.
Finally, the prince awakens her with a kiss, which symbolizes the awakening of adult femininity that completes her growth.
I’m writing all these trivialities because I just heard in TV how the fairy tale is evil because the prince kisses Snow White (the name screams to the skies that this is a female coming-of-age story, by the way) without consent. This is very dumb because the point is precisely that sexual awakening happens outside of our willpower or reason.