Sleeping Beauty is considered a staple of childhood fairy tales, but it’s causing some controversy in the wake of recent events. One British mother took issue with her son’s school over the classic story and voiced her displeasure on Twitter.
The problem encompassed the issue of consent in the story. Sleeping beauty, who was asleep (as the name suggests), was unable to give consent to the kiss she was given.
The mother, Sarah Hall, posted a photo of the iconic kiss between Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty. In the caption, 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 behavior #MeToo #consent #mysonissix”
She argued the story is irresponsible because it teaches children it is acceptable to kiss women while they are asleep.
— Sarah Hall (@Hallmeister) November 26, 2017
The tweet came during the #metoo movement that surrounded the multiple sexual assault allegations in Hollywood. Women from around the world shared the “me too” message on all forms of social media.
Hall saw the story as teaching the wrong lesson to young children. “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,” she said.
“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?” Hall asked.
“These are indicative of how ingrained that kind of behavior is in society,” she added. “All these small things build up, and they make a difference.”
However, many have disagreed and have labeled her as ‘pathetic’ and ‘sad’.
One tweeter wrote: ‘Do NOT confuse this rant with feminism – this is harmful to the cause in a catastrophic way, not helpful!
While another fumed: ‘Hard to believe and very unfortunate that there are people acting as sad as @Hallmeister and her ‘Sleeping Beauty should be banned’ nonsense.
‘Feel sorry for the kids having to dwell on this c***!’
One woman said: ‘This is getting b***** ridiculous. I never once watched sleeping beauty and thought ‘goodness this is giving the wrong message about consent. ‘Let’s ban Cinderella as well whilst we’re on the matter; poor gender roles and all that.’
Another wrote: ‘Are you actually being serious hahaha how pathetic #world has gone mad.’
One Tweeter posted: ‘Did the book or film make you believe you go around kissing anyone when you were a kid? Do you do that now because of the film? No? Then what is the problem!
I think I have to agree with the above…
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