A professor at Osaka University named Kazue Muta has reportedly claimed that some princes in the fairytales that people love are less about romance and instead, they perform “quasi-compulsive obscene sexual acts on an unconscious partner.”
Kazue Muta is a feminist academic and the author of Boss, That Love is Sexual Harassment! Fox News reports that he apparently argues that the princes in stories including Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are portrayals of assault.
In December, she shared a news story that links to a real-life case where a man had been arrested for kissing a woman that was sleeping on a train.
“When you think rationally about Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, that tell of a ‘princess being woken up by the kiss of a prince’, they are describing sexual assault on an unconscious person,” explained the professor. “You might think I’m ruining the fantasy of it all, but these stories are promoting sexual violence and I would like everyone to be aware of it.”
In November of last year, a mother made the headlines after she asked for Sleeping Beauty to be excluded from the primary school curriculum of her sone because of the story’s “inappropriate sexual message.”
Sarah Hall argued that the story teaches the children that it is acceptable for a man to kiss a woman who is unconscious.
“I think it’s a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behaviour and consent,” Hall informed the Newcastle Chronicle. She continued: “It’s about saying: Is this still relevant, is it appropriate?”
Continuing criticisms of the classic fairy tales have sparked debates over whether some of the more questionable portrayals of romance require an update.