Talk of banning fairytales like Sleeping Beauty actually tells us more about the neurotic approach of some feminists to culture and relationships than about songs and stories.
That's according to Joanna Williams, the education editor at Spiked Magazine, who spoke to talkRADIO after mother Sarah Hall called for the children's fairytale to be removed from lessons of young children in primary school because she believes it promotes "inappropriate" sexual behaviour.
Williams told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think the fact is that it tells us far more about the kind of neurosis if you like of feminists nowadays, many feminists nowadays anyway and the kind of neurotic approach that they have to culture and to relationships than it does about these songs and stories.”
She believes if we really went “down this line where do we stop every classic story every film they would all need to be burned we’d need to erase the entire past culture everything that we’ve done in society and have a year zero start from scratch.”
The journalist also thinks “children in this regard are a lot more sensible than adults because I think most children are actually quite capable of separating fun and fantasy from reality.”
She added that this issue “falls into this climate where we are prepared to see every interaction between men and women, boys and girls as being on some kind of continuum with rape culture.”
However she claims polls about the issue show “you’ve got one or two people arguing that these fairy stories need to be re-written but a lot of people with the common sense to think this is ridiculous.”
Listen to the full interview above