Most fairy tales have a positive message to them, but sometimes there are other takeaways as well.
The moral of Sleeping Beauty is that love is the most powerful force in the world, but there is another message in the story that has some parents thinking twice about reading it to their kids.
If you aren't familiar with the tale, it's about a beautiful princess who is put under a sleeping spell and can only be woken by the kiss of a prince who is her true love. It's that very kiss that is now being scrutinized because it features a man putting his lips on an unconscious, and therefore non- consenting, woman.
Could the story be inappropriate for young, impressionable minds?
If you have primary school children these types of conversations are really important. What we show and tell them is normal impacts on how they see the world. In this story we’re saying it’s okay for a stranger to kiss you when you’re asleep. Not something I want to tell my kids— katy clarkson (@katyclarkson) November 24, 2017
The majority of tweets on the topic seem to be all for Sleeping Beauty, and many bashed anyone questioning the fairy tale.
You know that bears don't really eat porridge, right?— Hera (@CopperBitch) November 23, 2017
So sorry to read that you are so unwell and deluded . Sleeping Beauty is a Harmless children’s story. I don’t agree with any person being assaulted . But this is just crazy.— Paul (@paulhayward200) November 29, 2017
Seriously? And what about Snowwhite? Getting molested, poisoned and kissed. This has so nothing to do with the whole #metoo movement. There must be hardly any stories left to be read at your school.— Hannah Oud-Biemold (@hannakatto) November 24, 2017
Seriously it’s a fairy tale that’s all nothing sexual about it!! If you can see sexual content then I think you should seek professional help!! Are you even thinking about your boys???— Jo Berridge (@xjojomwahx) November 24, 2017
So what you're saying is that she should be asleep forever. She can't give permission to kiss her because she's asleep. in order to be able for her to give permission she must be awake. For that the prince needs to kiss her, but that's not allowed. Oh btw, it's a fairy tale.— Rene Frijhoff (@ReneFrijhoff) November 29, 2017
What do you think?