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Mum calls for Sleeping Beauty to be BANNED in school for encouraging inappropriate behaviour

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Sarah Hall, from Northumberland Park, near Newcastle, has taken to twitter to express her concern about young children being exposed to ‘inappropriate sexual behaviour’ in the well-known fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. She raised the issue after her six year old son brought home the book from school and after reading the book herself, disapproved of the message being sent out to younger children.

As we all know, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a princess who is cursed by a sorceress. In short, the princess pricks her finger on a spindle and subsequently falls into a deep sleep for 100 years. But all is not lost, as a prince soon finds the Sleeping Beauty asleep in the castle and stoops down to kiss her, miraculously waking her from her slumber.

According to Ms. Hall, the issue lies in the fact that the traditional tale endorses a lack of female consent. In schools, this could translate into young boys thinking that they can touch or kiss girls without permission.

‘These are indicative of how ingrained that kind of behaviour is in society. All these small things build up, and they make a difference.’

Prompted to raise this issue after coverage of the recent sexual harassment scandals, Ms. Hall is not calling for the story to be banned from schools altogether, but to be removed from the classes of younger children who are more impressionable. She argues that it could actually be beneficial for older school children, as they could discuss the story together, beginning a conversation around the idea of consent.

‘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.’

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