A headline from a recent edition of the ‘Daily Mail’ read:
‘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 a prince.’
Let sleeping Princesses lie . . . The story must be told . . .
One of our favourite fairy tales
Has fallen under a cloud;
For kissing a soundly sleeping beauty
They say should not be allowed.
Apparently a passing prince
Came upon a lass,
Innocently fast asleep,
And then he made a pass.
Engulfed by a kindly urge
This gallant lad lent down.
He gently kissed her soft pink lips
To take away her frown.
Startled then she leapt right up
And slapped his beaming face.
The Prince soon knew he’d done her wrong
And now was in disgrace.
“How dare you touch me without consent?”
She yelled at him in ire,
“My dignity, my personal space,
Penance they require.
You’d better find a lawyer soon,
That’s what I advise.
Your nasty criminal behaviour
I thoroughly despise.”
And thus the fairy tale did end,
So let this be a lesson.
Even a naive act of love
Can now be thought aggression.
PLEASE NOTE: Although it is not usually my habit to post over the weekend, do look out for a new blog from my pen each day of the coming Christmas period.