Traditional fairytales spurned by woke generation who say they’re ‘inappropriate’, ‘outdated’ and ‘sexist’

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Once upon a time, children’s books were filled with enchanting stories about monsters, magic, and princesses to be rescued.

But this is Grimm news for the traditional fairy tale, which is under threat in today’s waking world.

According to a poll, nine out of ten adults under 30 think fairy tales are “inappropriate” and “outdated”.

And the same proportion believe the stories ‘promote outdated gender stereotypes’ such as the princess needing to be saved by a man, while more than three-quarters said many of them were ‘sexist’.

Some fairy tales may not make it into the bedtime selection, as almost a quarter of 18-29 year olds surveyed worry about their child hearing the original version of a story and “being scared”. “.

Twenty-four percent said they wouldn’t read certain bedtime stories if they thought they were “offensive” or “old fashioned.”

Fairy tales have already been criticized for the many “damsels in distress” plotlines, which are meant to send the wrong messages to young girls.

And Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are under fire because Prince Charming kisses women “without consent”, albeit to wake them from evil spells.

Once upon a time, children's books were filled with enchanting stories about monsters, magic, and princesses to be rescued.  But it is a new Grimm for the traditional fairy tale, which is threatened.
Camera iconOnce upon a time, children’s books were filled with enchanting stories about monsters, magic, and princesses to be rescued. But it is a new Grimm for the traditional fairy tale, which is threatened. Credit: disney/disney

The survey of 2,000 people aged 18 to 60 also asked which fairy tale they thought was ‘darkest or scariest’.

Hansel and Gretel, in which a witch tries to fatten Hansel up so she can eat him, was the scariest for most 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed.

The second darkest, according to this age group, was Little Red Riding Hood.

But the poll also showed that 86% of all age groups agree there is something “really magical and fun” about fairy tales.

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