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Mother calls for sleeping beauty to be banned from primary school

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

A mother has asked for Sleep Beauty to be removed from the classes of younger children at her son's primary school as it promotes “inappropriate” sexual behaviour.

Sarah Hall, from Northumberland Park, near Newcastle, raised the issue after her six-year-old  brought home a children's book version of the fairytale.

The mother-of-two said she was concerned about the message that the story, where a prince kisses Sleeping Beauty to wake her from her cursed slumber, sent younger children.

However she added that she felt the story should not be completely removed from the curriculum and could be used to start a conversation with older children around consent.

Speaking to the Newcastle Chronicle, Ms 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?”

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Sarah Hall is asked for Sleeping Beauty books to be removed from her son's class Credit: ncjMedia

“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. 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, [and]would really welcome a conversation about whether this is suitable material."

The story of Sleeping Beauty originates from the tale of the Sun, Moon, and Talia by the 16th century Italian poet Giambattista Basile. In the original telling a princess falls asleep under a spell and is raped by a king who finds her in her palace while out hunting. The princess later wakes up, falls in love with the king and marries him.

The fairytale was later adapted into the modern version, which sees a princess cursed by a sorceress who is not invited to the celebration of her birth. The curse says the princess will die after pricking her finger on a spindle, but a good fairy manages to partially reverse the spell so that she instead falls asleep for 100 years. 

The Sleeping Beauty princess is then woken from her slumber after being kissed by a prince who discovers her in the castle. The fairy tale was made into a famous Disney film in 1959.

In the book Ms Hall's son brought home a character called Kipper is seen telling the Prince to kiss the Princess, as "then she wakes up. Everyone knows that."

The 40-year-old said she was partly prompted to take action over book by the coverage of the recent sexual harassment scandals.

When tweeting about the book her son brought home 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. 

The mother then left a comment in her son’s record book and has since contacted the school to ask for the book to be removed from younger classes.

Ms Hall added: “These are indicative of how ingrained that kind of behaviour is in society. All these small things build up, and they make a difference.

“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?”

rotPferd
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:29 AM
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eye rolling

atlmom2
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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Oh my Lord people have lost their minds and it will only get worse.  

Doesn't Snow White get kissed too?  Oh my, how terrible, LMAO.  

billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:38 AM
She wants it to start a conversation. It is getting so bad that we cannot even have a fairy tale anymore

Quoting atlmom2:

Oh my Lord people have lost their minds and it will only get worse.  

Doesn't Snow White get kissed too?  Oh my, how terrible, LMAO.  

terpmama
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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This part bothers me...

"“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."


It's you job as parent to turn everything that concerns you into a constructive conversation... secondly, you can't do it but you expect teachers to?
meriana
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 12:46 PM
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Yet another adult seeing some kind of "message" in a fairy tale that isn't there. Reminds me of when the Disney Princesses were disliked by some moms because they said the Princesses and their stories were teaching their very young daughters that they were helpless and needed to be saved by some man.

This woman better not allow her child to watch T.V. or take him to any movies or he might asorb the idea that if he puts on a certain type of costume he's impervious to any harm, or something.

SuG4
by Firestarter on Nov. 24, 2017 at 1:19 PM
LMAO!!! TFOOH!!
Madeyemoody
by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 1:21 PM
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This is just getting out of control

Quoting billsfan1104: She wants it to start a conversation. It is getting so bad that we cannot even have a fairy tale anymore

Quoting atlmom2:

Oh my Lord people have lost their minds and it will only get worse.  

Doesn't Snow White get kissed too?  Oh my, how terrible, LMAO.  

sheramom4
by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 1:23 PM
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The children's version or Disney version is perfectly fine for elementary school. I wouldn't recommend any of the original Grimm fairy tales for that age though lol! In the original she wakes up pregnant and if I remember right with children she birthed while asleep. 

The mom is complaining over nothing. I managed to raise four kids watching Disney and not one has sexually assaulted someone because they read or watched Sleeping Beauty or any other movie. 

D-Town
by Platinum Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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I guess kissing is better than the original rape
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