School Considers Banning Sleeping Beauty Out of Fear It Promotes Rape Culture

Most people hate how Harvey Weinstein and his associates treated women. But, not everybody is jumping on the bandwagon claiming fairy tales are to blame for encouraging “rape culture”.

Ms Hall has attracted widespread criticism after she tweeted about the issue earlier this week.

Posting a picture from her son’s Sleeping Beauty book, she wrote: ‘Tell you what, while we are still seeing narratives like this in school, we are never going to change ingrained attitudes to sexual behaviour #MeToo #consent #mysonisix’

However, many have disagreed and have labelled her as ‘pathetic’ and ‘sad’

Here are just a few of the responses:



What is also interesting to note is that the revising of fairy tales is not a new phenomenon. 

In answer to our question on the first page,

Why is it only now that fairy tales are being deemed “toxic” instead of amusingly dark tales of human suffering and perseverance?

Editing of fairy tales has been happening for a long time.

Here is the original story,

Italian writer Giambattista Basile’s original version of Sleeping Beauty, called Sun, Moon, and Talia, was written in the 17th Century.

In Basile’s original dark work, Talia, the daughter of a lord, falls into a deep slumber after pricking her finger on a magical splinter.

The lord cannot bear the thought of burying his beloved daughter and decides to leave her to rest in one of his estates.

One day a king is led into the estate and falls is enchanted by Talia’s beauty.

He tries to awake her, but after failing to do so, he carries her to a bed and has sex with her while she sleeps.

The king then leaves Talia, who falls pregnant and gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, all while still asleep.

She only awakes when one of her children mistakenly sucks the magical splinter out of her finger.

Disney revised the version we know now back in 1959 to make it more family friendly.

How far will this go and what is the line between handing a child the original 1812 Grimm’s’ Fairy Tales (which is superb!) and what Mrs. Hall is suggesting?

Some suggest that stories change as culture evolves – in the 16o0s a prince could generally walk up to a sleeping girl and rape her with no consequence.

In the 1950s a prince kissing a sleeping girl to break an evil spell held symbolic significance and held little to no negative imagery in most minds at the time.

Today that is a different story, and is that for the better or for the worse?

Source: Daily Mail



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