UK MOTHER BELIEVES FAIRY TALE LEADS TO RAPE
A mother of two in England has stirred up some controversy that is likely to cross the pond. Her name is Sarah Hall and she lives with her family in Northumberland Park. Sarah ia starting a conflict calling for the classic Sleeping Beauty story one of rape. Sarah believes that the fairytale will teach children unacceptable behavior about consent and should be removed from schools. Specifically, Sarah thinks Sleeping Beauty teaches children that it’s ok to kiss a sleeping woman which is unacceptable. The UK mother wants Sleeping Beauty banned.
KISSING A SLEEPING WOMAN NEVER APPROPRIATE
This all came about as Sarah was reading the school book with her six-year-old son Ben that is based on the traditional story. For this mother, it’s all about consent. She really believes that Sleeping Beauty will teach kids it’s ok to kiss a woman without her consent. “I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behavior and consent. It’s about saying is this still relevant, is it appropriate?”
YOUNG KIDS WILL LEARN CONSENT NOT IMPORTANT
The UK mother further elaborates that she worries that the story will teach impressionable youngsters that they can ignore consent, even if in the smallest way. The 40-year-old mother left a note in her son’s dialogue book and also contacted the school asking that the book be removed from circulation, especially for younger classes. Her rationale has some merit, but it seems a bit extreme from a parenting perspective. Yet she still wants Sleeping Beauty banned from the youngsters.
CONSENT TOO COMPLICATED FOR LITTLE ONES?
Sarah went on, “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. I don’t think taking Sleeping Beauty books out of circulation completely would be right. So 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. But I’m really concerned about it for younger children, would really welcome a conversation about whether this is suitable material.”
SLEEPING BEAUTY BANNED, WANTS TO SAY “ME TOO?”
Sarah says her perception of the fairy tale has been impacted by all the recent coverage of sexual misconduct, issues of consent and the “Me Too” social media campaign. She believes even stories like Sleeping Beauty contribute to men’s perception that consent is not important. Now she wants Sleeping Beauty Banned. So far, no one has asked Trump, Weinstein, Cosby, Moore or any other the other public idiots what they think about Sleeping Beauty. The era of grab’em by the fairy tale is clearly over.