Expert says Children should be read gender-equal books instead of fairy tales of knights and princesses.

A mum has called for Sleeping Beauty to be banned because it sends the wrong message to children.

A few months ago, we shared that Mum-of-two, Sarah Hall, said she was disturbed by the “non-consensual” kissing in the classic fairytale, saying the subtle message could undermine conversations about consent. Read an update below on another reason why we need to ban fairytales.

The mum said: “I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent.


Sarah 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 isn’t seen as important.

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

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

Further calls to ban fairy tales

A former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, who believes exposing children to gender-neutrality at preschool could help solve issues of pay disparity and violence towards women later in life, shared Daily Mail.

‘A lot of what our children see and are taught is subconscious gender stereotyping and what we have to do is really shift that, and we won’t shift that until the social norms change,’ she told The Sunday Telegraph.

Sam Page, CEO of Early Children Australia, applauded Ms Broderick’s call to introduce children to gender-equal ideas through books at school and wants parents to get board too.

‘We’ve had examples where parents and dads have been really upset when boys dress up in dresses or traditional girls clothing as part of their normal play.

‘While I don’t think we should get rid of fairy tales altogether, we do need to contextualise and balance them with contemporary stories as well,’ she said.

Of course, critics have slammed Ms Broderick saying it is ‘political correctness gone mad’.

Do you think she makes a fair point?

Share your comments below.

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  • They should ban shows like Bananas in Pajamas because lets face it bananas dont talk and its setting children up to have false expectations of bananas.
    SHows like Bluey so also be banned. Again its unrealistic.

    ALL shows on tv should be replaced with news, docos or reality tv. None of this make believe stuff.

    Remove all the books as well.


    What a boring World. People need to get a grip. There is nothing wrong with fairy tales.


  • So they are going to ban fantasy? Who is to say whether or not the kissing was consented to or not?
    Are they going to ban comic type movies too?


  • Omg soon we will not be able to read or say anything. Its really getting out of hand


  • Definitely PC gone mad. Children should be taught fairy tales as something to aspire to, not real life, but a wonderful dream that would be great if it could come true. Life is awfully boring so we have to dream.


  • I always loved fairy tales when I was young and also reading them to my boys at night. This is definitely political correctness gone off the rails


  • Simply crazy. We love our fairytales in our house.


  • We love our fairytales and they are going to stay in our house.


  • This is ridiculous! Fairy tales have been around for hundreds of years and people have still managed to live happy well balanced lives. And seriously? Non-consensual kissing? The prince gives sleeping beauty a chaste kiss on the lips. I think the world is just going crazy!


  • Ban fairy tales and things you find offensive from your home, but what right does any one have to suggest banning for the majority? I am sick and tired of the minority groups suggesting blanket bans on everything from using terms black and white, to simple fairy tales, etc. As a parent, educate and teach your child whatever you like, but it is absolutely unfair to impose those on others.


  • I don’t necessarily think banning is the answer but we do need to phase them out, they are a load of rubbish when you really look into it, keeping kids in fantasy lands is not preparing them for the real world. There are much better choices of books that stimulate their creativity and logic way of thinking. We need to get away from the prince and princess thing, putting people on pedestals is not healthy, keep kids feet firmly on the ground and read them a science book instead.


  • No I don’t think it’s a fair point, it’s just a kiss. It’s romantic


  • I suppose Sarah has a problem/issue with the fairy’s sprinkling fairy dust without consent too.
    Seriously it’s a fairy tale ..let children enjoy their childhood and all it’s magic.


  • This is ridiculous… These people need lives..


  • That’s crazy. Keep the fairytales. My son loves them.


  • I loved fairytales as a kid and now inderatand as an adult why it probably wasn’t the best stuff to be watching. My views as an early teen we’re probably warped a little. I don’t think I’ll shelter my children from them. Although I will be selective on which I share.


  • Is this a case of political correctness gone too far? Young girls and boys both love fairy tales and animation of any type of story. Sleeping Beauty has a Prince and a King. It also has a Queen in the story. It has maids and pageboys. We took part in a performance once so I remember a few “people” of both gender were depicted in the performance.


  • Seriously what a load of codswallop. Fairy tales have been around for generations. This is getting totally out of control.


  • No I don’t think she makes a fair point. As a parent it’s our responsibility to teach them right from wrong
    This is a fairytale for goodness sake
    I watched it as a kid, and as an adult, I don’t kiss anyone without consent


  • omg, she has to be kidding. How can an adult make such suggestions to a child’s story. Seriously, there are many other things out there that do need cleaning and fixing, leave the story alone.


  • No, although she does kind of have a point. Maybe use it as a conversation starter with your kids.


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