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It is pretty obvious that the red cape Gramma gave to Little Red Riding Hood marks her as a scarlet woman or at least sexually interested. Little Red is having sexual feelings and her community is telling her to stay on the safe path. Gramma, playing the Crone, gives her a red cape so the wolf will find her and shake up her world.
I have often thought you’d have to be pretty naive to think a wolf is your gramma just because it is wearing her nightcap and glasses and in her bed. Then again, Little Red has been told to deny her intuition (the following of her sexual awakening) and accept the guidance of her community. She denies her intuition all the time. Why should this be any different? Maybe this was Gramma’s intention all along when she made the red cape and gave it to her granddaughter.
The fact is the wolf IS potentially dangerous. He has really big teeth. He could rip her apart with his claws. He could coldly use her to satisfy his animal lust. The point is, Little Red cannot overpower the wolf in hand to hand combat and if this was her only source of power she bloody well better stick to the safe path. But she has another power. A feminine power. She has her intuition. When Little Red Riding Hood learns to trust her intuition, she can tell the difference between a joyfully exciting wolf who she can invite into her house (see David Kaplan short), and a bad wolf. Thanks Gramma.