Call for Sleeping Beauty to be banned?

yep. From CTV:

mother from Northumberland Park, U.K., is calling for her son’s school to ban “Sleeping Beauty” due to its conflicting message about sexual consent.

“[W]hile we are still seeing narratives like this in school, we are never going to change ingrained attitudes to sexual behaviour,” Sarah Hall said on Twitter on Nov. 19.

In an interview with the Chronicle Live, Hall said the story teaches children that it’s fine to kiss a woman who is sleeping, without receiving her consent. In the modern version of the fairy tale, a princess named Aurora encounters a curse and falls into a deep sleep – one that can only end once she is kissed by a king’s son.

“It’s about saying is this still relevant? Is it appropriate?” Hall told the Chronicle Live. “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.”

Sure she could. Tell kid how old this story is and explain how rules for behaviour have changed since this story was first told. Easy lessons.

In earliest tellings, the princess was raped in her sleep and gave birth to twins:

Giving birth to a boy and a girl while still asleep, the newborn babes try to suckle at their mother’s breast. One does, but the other cannot and is forced to suck on Talia’s finger that had suffered the piercing wound so long before. Incredibly, though, the child sucks the splinter from the finger and revives Talia from her slumber.

The rapist king, perhaps as despots do, later remembers his time with Talia and goes to see her again, ultimately delighting in the fact that he now has a new young mistress and two young children. It’s a win-win and it’s good to be the king.

The king’s wife, however, doesn’t share the same delight. She makes plans to draw the children and Talia out and have the king’s cook kill them and serve them to the philandering leader to eat unknowingly.

That whole article is a good read.

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