Woman calls for Sleeping Beauty to be banned in schools as it promotes ‘inappropriate behaviour’ 1 year ago

Woman calls for Sleeping Beauty to be banned in schools as it promotes ‘inappropriate behaviour’

She believes it's sending the wrong message...

A woman has been causing debate after she called for the fairytale Sleeping Beauty to be removed from primary schools in the UK due to its "inappropriate sexual" message.

Sarah Hall, from Northumberland Park, near Newcastle, made the claim after her six-year-old daughter brought home a children's book version of the fairytale.

She said that it gives the message that it's OK to kiss a woman while she is asleep.

Hall told the Newcastle Chronicle: “I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent. It’s about saying is this still relevant, is it appropriate?”

“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.

“I don’t think taking Sleeping Beauty books out of circulation completely would be right. I actually think it would be a great resource for older children, you could have a conversation around it, you could talk about consent, and how the Princess might feel.

“But I’m really concerned about it for younger children, [and]would really welcome a conversation about whether this is suitable material."

She left a comment on the book and contacted the school to request that it be removed from the school's library.