Mum calls for ban on tale of Beauty 'and the sex pest'

Sleeping Beauty

A mum from North Shields has asked her son's primary school to take a book featuring the story from "Sleeping Beauty" off the curriculum because it contains an "inappropriate sexual message".

A resident of the British town of Northumberland Park Sarah Hall recently revealed edition of Metro the hidden subtext of the beloved fairy tale "Sleeping beauty".

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". To solve a hard question, Hall offers to arrange a round table for older children to discuss the feelings of the Princess.

"In today's society, it isn't appropriate".

Inspired by the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, Sarah Hall said that the story promoted unacceptable behaviour because the prince had not sought consent for the kiss.

'It's about saying is this still relevant, is it appropriate?'

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'I don't think taking Sleeping Beauty books out of circulation completely would be right.

Given recent headlines with several celebrities speaking out against sexual assault, Sarah says she doesn't want fairytales like Sleeping Beauty to create a culture where consent isn't important.

She said: 'I actually think it would be a great resource for older children.

'But I'm really concerned about it for younger children, would really welcome a conversation about whether this is suitable material'.

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.

'All these small things build up, and they make a difference'.


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