“Sleeping Beauty” is a classic fairy tale that has endured for generations. With its earliest known version being written as far back as the 1300s, the story has evolved into the tale of a young prince who fights off an evil fairy and uses a kiss to break the spell placed upon the sleeping princess that he loves.
But for one mother of a six-year-old boy, the story promotes “inappropriate behavior” and should be banned from being read at her child’s school. According to the UK’s Evening Chronicle, Sarah Hall of Northumberland Park, UK says she was reading a “Sleeping Beauty” book with her son that was part of her son’s school curriculum. That’s when she realized the classic tale contained a shocking message in light of the recent “Me Too” campaign and the many recent revelations of widespread sexual misconduct.
In the story, the prince kisses the princess while she’s asleep, which Hall says promotes “inappropriate sexual” behavior to kids. In other words, the princess did not consent to the kiss beforehand, even though she couldn’t have, considering that she was doomed to stay asleep until he kissed her.
“I think it’s a specific issue in the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story about sexual behavior and consent,” Hall explained. “It’s about saying, ‘Is this still relevant? Is it appropriate?’”
She added, “In today’s society, it isn’t appropriate — my son is only six. He absorbs everything he sees, and it isn’t as if I can turn it into a constructive conversation.”
That’s why she’s demanding the book be removed from the school’s curriculum. But she doesn’t think it’s necessarily harmful to all students.
“I don’t think taking ‘Sleeping Beauty’ books out of circulation completely would be right,” Hall clarified. “I actually think it would be a great resource for older children — you could have a conversation around it, you could talk about consent, and how the Princess might feel.”
In Hall’s world, it appears, Princess Aurora is doomed to sleep for eternity.
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