Call to review fairytales like Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel compared to modern stories that challenge gender norms.

The Respectful Relationship program argues that traditional fairytales can create unrealistic standards as well as a “sense of entitlement in boys and lower self-esteem in girls”.

Children are set to play a decisive role in what gets the chop too, acting as “fairytale detectives” to compare the roles of male and female characters in their favourite stories, reports 7 news.

The controversial program, which claims children as young as four years old can show signs of sexist behaviour, was introduced on the advice of the royal commission in to family violence.

“Men are supposed to be strong and brave and women are supposed to be beautiful and need rescuing by men,” children are taught according to the study.

“If a man or woman does not fit this description, they are usually made out to be the ‘baddies’ or the villain — like a witch or an evil prince.”

The program also encourages discussion of “gender bias statements” such as “good morning, princess”, “boys don’t cry” and “girls can’t play with trucks”.

The concept has so far been met with heavy criticism, with many insisting it is unethical to subject children to such political discussion at such a young age.

“My concern as an educator is, there is no real balance in the program. It is pushing a cultural left argument,” Australian Catholic University senior research fellow Dr Kevin Donnelly said.

We recently shared a story that parents were concerned over Enid Blyton’s sexist and rude characters. Read that article HERE.

More related content – Can young children really be sexist?

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  • nah leave this alone! if the pc warriors don’t like it, then don’t read it to your kids and make up your own stories instead!


  • This is over the top PC. These fairy tales have been around forever and teach moral values, anyone wanting to change them aren’t aware of their origin.


  • I love fairy tales. It would be very sad for children to be denied access to these stories that have been passed down.


  • This is political correctness gone too far. What about “Jack and the Beanstalk”,
    the Lion King, “Thomas the Tank Engines- the trains all have Males’ names”, “Bob the Builder” etc.


  • I’ve always found that children are very aware of the difference between fact and fiction. Fairy tales are just that, tales, fiction and children don’t expect anyone to bundle them into an oven then they do expect to be flown to the moon (that latter issue may change soon but at the moment it’s complete fantasy). Instead of adding to the list of banned material, why not use the opportunity to talk with the child about how appropriate/inappropriate the tale is, and what the child would/would not do in similar circumstances.
    The way things are going, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find such classics as those written by Charles Dickens etc to be banned, given that they often reflect poor living conditions.


  • There is nothing wrong with fairy tales, so many things have been banned now, what is left to ban after these. From what my older children in their early 30’s could read and see to what my four year olds are now allow to watch is so stupid. I still have some of the books from my childhood, the 60’s and no harm has come to my lot.
    Years ago one of my sons said he did not play with dolls but figurines. That was in 1990 when number 3 child had a teacher doing research into how children see the world ages 3-9.


  • I really don’t think they need to be banned. Surely they can have fairy tales AND modern day stories. I know I now realise dairy tales are just that, they’re not real


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