Tuesday, January 06, 2009
No More Fairy Stories
When I was a wee lad I well remember reading traditional fairy stories, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel. I also remember seeing a few Disney versions in the cinema.
The stories did me no harm, and (in theory) provided an easily absorbed lesson about not taking sweets from strangers, not eating poisoned apples and avoiding wolves when dressed in a red skirt and hoodie.
Anyhoo, such is the state of Nanny Britain (scared witless by an ever burgeoning state and pandering moronic media) that these stories are being dropped by some families who are scared that children are being emotionally damaged by them.
Cue an ironic "LOL"!
Have these same witless parents ever bothered to check what their little darlings are seeing/doing on their mobile phones or the interent?
Stories about little girls being eaten by wolves, or fat children being eaten by old ladies, pale into insignificance wrt potential emotional damage when compared to what little Johnny or Jayne is watching/doing everyday in the wired world.
Anyhoo, according to a poll of 3,000 British parents conducted by The Baby Website, it seems that 33% of them have refused to read Little Red Riding Hood because she walks through woods alone and finds her grandmother eaten by a wolf.
One in 10 said Snow White should be re-named because "the dwarf reference is not PC".
Rapunzel was considered "too dark", and Cinderella has been dumped because she is treated like a slave and forced to do all the housework.
Are these people for real?
Sarah Pilkinton, a mother, told researchers:
"I loved the old fairy stories when I was growing up. I still read my children some of the classics like Sleeping Beauty and Goldilocks, but I must admit I've not read them The Gingerbread Man or Hansel and Gretel.
They are both a bit scary and I remember having difficulty sleeping after being read those ones when I was little."
Here's a reality check...children like to be scared!
Why do you think Dr Who is so popular?
To repeat my question to these witless parents:
"Have you ever bothered to check what your precious little darlings are seeing/doing on their mobile phones or the interent?"
Learning how to cope with fear is an essential part of growing up, to deny a child the ability to learn that in a safe environment will stunt him/her emotionally and leave him/her unprepared for the adult world where things (let's be honest) are pretty shitty at times.
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