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Professor: Princes in ‘Snow White,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ are sex offenders

Seemingly perfect for the current atmosphere of the “#MeToo” movement, a Japanese sociology and gender theory professor says that stories such as “Snow White” and “Sleeping Beauty” feature examples of sexual assault by the male protagonists.

Osaka University’s Kazue Muta, author of Sir, That Love is Sexual Harassment! which deals with workplace sexual harassment, “accused the princes in each story of sexual assault” in a December 11 tweet. She compared them to a “real incident in which a man in Wakayama was arrested for kissing a sleeping woman on the train” Sora News 24 reports.

The tweet’s translation says “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. 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.”

From the story:

Prof. Muta has done a good job at raising awareness with regards to sexual assault with her tweet, but are the princes in these stories really guilty of the charges laid before them? Off the cuff, I’d say definitely yes, because my foggy recollection of these stories is that these guys just happened along and took the liberty of violating these women’s personal space just because they felt like it.

However, upon reading into these tales there is a little more going on. In the Grimm version of Snow White no kiss takes place at all. Instead the Prince just moves her glass coffin which jostles her, dislodges the poison apple, and wakes her up. Granted the fact that he wanted her corpse in the first place is suspicious, but not enough to condemn him outright.

In the Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty, the prince is told beforehand that kissing her would reverse the eternal sleep and sent out on a mission to do just that. You could make the argument that even under these circumstances he has no right to kiss her without permission, but then you’d also be against mouth-to-mouth resuscitation which this is essentially a magical variation of.

The article points out that the Disney versions of the tales also cast doubt on any “pervy will” on the part of the princes.

However, it concludes that “in a relatively lighthearted way, [Muta’s tweet] brought the issue further into the light in Japan,” not to mention that “if 2017 has taught us one thing, it’s that a lot of us don’t get it.”

Indeed. And you know what else a lot of us don’t get? Using irrelevant children’s fantasies to make a serious point.

Read the full article.

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  • KeenIncite

    I’m wondering if these psychologically defective “professors” understand that they are creating an atmosphere where businesses will just stop hiring women for fear of sexual harassment allegations?

    • John_In_Michigan

      With all the serious issues of the day we’re concerned with Prince Charming? It’s time for a little adult supervision here.

    • WalterBannon

      good plan

  • WalterBannon

    professor douche

  • TxMedRgr

    And I thought it was just American professors who are crazy.

  • tom_billesley

    Has Professor Muta been reading the British media?
    Daily Mail November 23, 2017
    Mother demands her son’s school take Sleeping Beauty off the curriculum because the princess doesn’t give consent to be kissed and woken up by prince. Sarah Hall, 40, North Shields, said fairytale promotes unacceptable behaviour
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5110415/Mother-demands-son-s-school-ban-Sleeping-Beauty.html

  • Lightstream

    Oh please! What a pile of horse manure!!

  • Doug McCall

    I TOTALLY agree with this “professor”, and if I ever become a “prince”, I’ll know not to kiss sleeping women(even if it will save their life) for fear of “sexual harassment!

  • Bigearsbarry

    I didn’t know the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were required reading in Japan. I wonder if this woman was dropped when she was young???