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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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  1. Both my girls loved all those stories and I will tell them to my granddaughter when she is older. Most of the time the lesson to be gleaned by them is that evil never wins and anything is possible.. and everyone lives "Happily Ever After"

  2. Well, Sue, those are false messages and the undrrlying meaning of most fairy stories is much deeper and realistic than that.

  3. Recently found Nanny Knows Best and love it.
    But surveys such as these have no real meaning, with a self selecting reply group and leading questions. These are exactly the tricks Nannys likes to use.

  4. I heard an otherwise apparently sensible woman explain that she changed the end of "The Old Woman who lived in a shoe" to "so she kissed them all soundly and sent them to bed". (I wondered afterwards what she did with "Goosey Goosey Gander".)

  5. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Catholic theologian G.K. Chesterton said this about fairy tales.

    "Fairy tales dont exist to show children that dragon exist. CHILDREN ALREADY KNOW THEY EXIT. It is to show them, that dragons can be slain".

    I love that!

    Debbie in the US

  6. David Gallico2:39 PM

    What a load of cobblers! Exactly which planet do these so-called parents live on? My guess is that they are probably Nanny's supporters.
    I loved to read fairy stories (can I say that in Nanny's brave new world?) when I was younger, and judging by the popularity of films like 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' most children (and adults too) still do, me included. If you take this nonsense to its logical conclusion, they will be banning pantomime next (Oh, yes they will!).
    As you rightly pointed out, Ken, not only are such tales very enjoyable, but they contain good advice in a figurative way, and are far less harmful than some of the sites on the internet which children regularly subscribe too, or even the images on the six o'clock news!
    I wonder whether these parents take as much time and effort to ensure that their offspring aren't vandalisiong the neighbourhood, for example, or carrying a knife or taking drugs?

    Anonymous said...
    Catholic theologian G.K. Chesterton said this about fairy tales.
    "Fairy tales dont exist to show children that dragon exist. CHILDREN ALREADY KNOW THEY EXIT. It is to show them, that dragons can be slain".
    I love that!
    Debbie in the US

    Me too!

  7. I wonder how many of these parents are quite happy to allow their little darlings to watch some of the violent or just plain gross dross that masquerades as children's entertainment on television ? Probably quite a few as reading to their kids involves time and effort but parking them in front of the TV involves very little.

  8. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells4:44 PM

    Speaking of Dr. Who, when the series started in November '63 it went out at 5:15pm on Saturdays, quite obviously aimed at kids of all ages (I was 13).

    I've just checked my DVD boxed set featuring the very first episode (An Unearthly Child), the Stone Age adventure (Cave of Skulls) and the first Dalek adventure (The Dead Planet). The DVDs are rated "12"!!!

    We 1950s/60s baby-boomer kids were obviously made of sterner stuff.

  9. Such "our children must never even hear about real life" have been about for some time.

    When first introduced, the waltz was decried as immoral - the partners touched! Horrors!

    A favorite bit of trivia - a Disney film was banned in parts of the US (oddly, in Chicago but not infamously censoring Boston) as too sexy. Yes, the "Vanishing Prairie" nature documentary was banned because one segment depicted the birth of a bison calf. Today, of course, it would have landed on the cutting-room floor and not been released in the first place...

  10. This prevalent notion that children must never, never be upset, scared, told off, or made to feel uncomfortable in any way will breed a generation of clueless gutless wimps who will be utterly incapable of dealing with the challenges that the 21st century is bound to bring.

    State Nannies with this cast of mind are bananas, and should be banished from anything to do with caring for or educating children.

  11. Anonymous9:47 AM

    I increasingly feel like Alice in Wonderland.


  12. Anonymous10:37 AM

    There is a plus to this one: if fairy stories are banned then Brown and Darling will have to shut up :-)