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More Than 180 Women Have Reported Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy. Mum demands school BANS Sleeping Beauty because she 'didn't consent to being kissed.'

More Than 180 Women Have Reported Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy

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Mum demands school BANS Sleeping Beauty because she 'didn't consent to being kissed'

Mother-of-two Sarah Hall, from Northumberland Park, says the fairytale promotes unacceptable behaviour which should not be read to young children.

She argued it teaches children that it is ok to kiss a woman while she’s asleep, which she says is not acceptable.

Ms Hall was reading a school book with her son, Ben, six, which was based on the traditional story.

She said: “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?”

She said she is worried about what message the tale, which features a Prince waking up a Princess by kissing her, sends to impressionable youngsters.

The 40-year-old left a comment in her son’s record book, and contacted the school to ask if books featuring it could be taken out of circulation for younger classes.

She said: “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, would really welcome a conversation about whether this is suitable material."

Ms Hall said she might not have given the story a second thought, but recent coverage of sexual abuse and consent, including the social media ‘Me Too’ campaign, made her think about the subtle messages which, say says, help create a culture where consent is not seen as important. 

She said: “These are indicative of how ingrained that kind of behaviour is in society.

“All these small things build up, and they make a difference.”

The mother-of-two says there might be problems with other fairytales, but that she is mostly disturbed by the ‘non-consensual’ kissing in this story.

She said: “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?”

via express.co.uk

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