A mother has called for the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty to be banned from school curriculum’s for promoting ‘inappropriate sexual consent’.
Sarah Hall, from Newcastle, said she felt ‘disturbed’ by the moment in the fairy tale where Princess Aurora is woken up by Prince Phillip with a kiss on the lips.
Hall argues that the kiss was non-consensual and therefore isn’t ‘suitable material for younger children’.
The mother of two contacted her six-year-old son’s primary school, requesting books featuring the fairytale to be removed from the younger children’s classes.
Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Hall said: “I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent.
It’s about saying, ‘is this still relevant, is it appropriate?'”
She continued, “In today’s society, it isn’t appropriate. My son is only six years old and 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. 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 the book Ms Hall’s son brought home a character called Kipper tells the Prince to kiss the Princess, as “then she wakes up. Everyone knows that.”
The 40-year-old said the coverage of sexual harassment scandals promoted her to take action.
When tweeting about the book, she used the #MeToo hashtag, which thousands of women and men have used to share their experiences of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Her comments have received a backlash on social media, with some calling her request ‘feminism gone mad’.
— jaime (@himay3000) November 28, 2017
That 'fairytale kiss' saved her.
What else that has always been fine can we suddenly make an issue? ??
— I Changed My Name™???? (@AMrsYeah) November 24, 2017