The story of Britney Spears is a classic fairy tale

From childhood we are inured to fables about females having their powers taken away

Supporters  outside the Los Angeles courthouse where the hearing into the conservatorship of Britney Spears is taking place. Photograph: Allison Zaucha/The New York Times

Supporters outside the Los Angeles courthouse where the hearing into the conservatorship of Britney Spears is taking place. Photograph: Allison Zaucha/The New York Times

Britney Spears posted a message to Instagram on Friday. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales,” it read; a quote attributed to Albert Einstein.

In the caption, she explained that though she’d been portraying her life as “pretty amazing” – a fairy tale, if you like – the truth, as anyone who followed her court hearing in Los Angeles this week would know, was very different.

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