Unless, of course, you’re a kill joy and total arsehole like Sarah Hall from North Shields who rather stupidly claims that Sleeping Beauty sends an ‘inappropriate sexual’ message to young children and insists that her school bans it. She says the story is irresponsible because it teaches children it is acceptable to kiss women while they are asleep. Apparently it’s all about sexual behaviour and consent. It’s just not appropriate in these enlightened times.
I expect the next victim will be Cinderella with it’s inappropriate sexual stereotyping and gender roles. FFS!
Anyhow, you might be interested in the original version of the story as written by Giambattista Basile in the 17th century, entitled “Sun, Moon, and Talia”:
Talia, the daughter of a lord, falls into a deep slumber after pricking her finger on a magical splinter. The lord cannot bear the thought of burying his beloved daughter and decides to leave her to rest in one of his estates.
One day a king is led into the estate and is enchanted by Talia’s beauty. He tries to wake her, but after failing to do so, he carries her to a bed and has sex with her while she sleeps.
The king then leaves Talia, who falls pregnant and gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, all while still asleep.
She only awakes when one of her children mistakenly sucks the magical splinter out of her finger.
I think it’s important to maintain the historical accuracy of these old stories, so I can’t wait for the panto season…