The mother of a six-year-old boy is demanding that his school bans Sleeping Beauty because the princess has not consented to being kissed.
She says the fairy tale promotes an inappropriate sexual message to young children, adding: ‘I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent.’
Dead right. Boys need to be warned about the dangers of planting a smacker on women who have been grabbing some shut-eye for a hundred years. And while we are about it, how about throwing out The Frog Prince (consent issues about princesses kissing amphibians), Cinderella (promoting foot fetishism via the glass slipper and lookism via the Ugly Sisters), Little Red Riding Hood (speciesism in casting the wolf as the villain and mocking transgenderism and eating disorders after he dresses up as the grandmother having swallowed her whole), The Emperor’s New Clothes (mocks naturists), Rapunzel (suggests to girls of both genders that long hair is a badge of femininity, not to mention a useful ladder), Snow White (inviting laughter at persons of small stature, inappropriate scenes of bondage and torture, and another prince kissing a comatose woman without her consent) and the Pied Piper of Hamelin (thinly disguised paedophilia plus verminism).
And surely it must be time to eradicate the term ‘fairy tale’. This is offensive to all those male persons of a non-heterosexual persuasion.