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Shocker: Fairytales Not Politically Correct

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Traditional fairytales ‘not PC enough’

Parents have stopped reading traditional fairytales to their children because they are too scary and not politically correct, according to research.

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
Jan 2009

Favourites such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel are being dropped by some families who fear children are being emotionally damaged.

A third of parents 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 amid fears she is treated like a slave and forced to do all the housework.

The poll of 3,000 British parents – by TheBabyWebsite.com – revealed a quarter of mothers now rejected some classic fairy tales

Two-thirds of parents said traditional fairytales had stronger morality messages than many modern children’s stories.

But many said they were no longer appropriate to soothe youngsters before bed.

Almost 20 per cent of adults said they refused to read Hansel and Gretel because the children were abandoned in a forest – and it may give their own sons and daughters nightmares.

A fifth did not like to read The Gingerbread Man as he gets eaten by a fox.

The most popular book read at bedtime is now The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The simple tale, which features a greedy caterpillar eating too much food, was written in 1969.

It also emerged 65 per cent of parents preferred to read their children happier tales at bedtime, such as the Mr Men, The Gruffalo and Winnie the Pooh.

Three quarters of mothers and fathers try to avoid stories which might give their children nightmares and half of all parents would not consider reading a single fairy tale to their child until they reached the age of five.

Top bedtime stories of 2008:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle (1969)

2. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves (1971)

3. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson (1999)

4. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne (1926)

5. Aliens Love Underpants, Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (2007)

6. Thomas and Friends from The Railway Series, Rev.W.Awdry (1945)

7. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (1908)

8. What a Noisy Pinky Ponk!, Andrew Davenport (2008)

9. Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child (2001)

10. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Robert Southey (1837)

Top 10 fairy tales we no longer read:

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

2. Hansel and Gretel

3. Cinderella

4. Little Red Riding Hood

5. The Gingerbread Man

6. Jack and the Beanstalk

7. Sleeping Beauty

8. Beauty and the Beast

9. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

10. The Emperor’s New Clothes

Well, we can sure see how ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ would not be considered politically correct.

And note that ‘The Three Little Pigs’ didn’t even make the list. (Don’t want to offend the Religion Of Peace, you know.)

Come to think of it, how do they even get away with calling them “fairytales”?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Shocker: Fairytales Not Politically Correct”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    3000 Limey Parents polled? That’s a good, fair balance of the market place? They don’t read anymore. They stick little Rupert in front of the telly and they are off to the pub for a pint!!
    SG…is this really a concern of ours here in the Colonies? The British LibTards are worried about Books they no longer read to their children cause it gives them a bad sense of themselves (PC wise) yet the Monster Muslims are protesting outside little Ruperts bedroom window, making death threats to the infidels and hurling shoes at buildings. And this means …… what? That they are just as brain dead as as any graduate of Columbia University?

  2. I believe Barnes & Noble had a nice, leatherbound edition of original Grimm fairytales for about $30. Guess what I’ll be buying for my son?

    And, no doubt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will soon be politically incorrect because it encourages overeating and causes obesity. Or some clap-trap like that. :roll:

  3. curvyred says:

    Sorry but there is magic in imagination, politically correct or not – they are great learning resources for children.

    My daughter is an avid Grimm’s Fairy Tales reader – she loves them and they are undisneyfied stories without happy endings at times.

  4. Flession says:


    I always thought that these were a joke…but now I best cling to this book in case it becomes the norm.

  5. Greg England says:

    Erm … but they will all be reading Harry Potter by the time they are seven.

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