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Disney Princes are Sex Offenders

[Japan Today]

 

TOKYO–Imagine a loved one, say a sister or daughter, is lying comatose in a hospital bed when suddenly the son of a prominent politician walks past and sees her. Infatuated with her beauty, this fortunate son walks over and plants a big kiss on her lips. Probably most of us out there would suddenly feel inclined to press either charges or a fist against this joker.

But that’s exactly what happens in the celebrated fairy tales “Snow White” and “Sleeping Beauty,” according to Professor Kazue Muta of Osaka University – a specialist in historical sociology and gender theory and the author of Sir, that love is sexual harassment! a book detailing the problems of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a tweet posted on Dec 11, Prof Muta accuses the princes in each story of sexual assault and links to a news story of a real incident in which a man in Wakayama was arrested for kissing a sleeping woman on the 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. 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.”

 

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  1. Edie

    This is getting so out of control. Would a peck on the cheek be interpreted the same way? And yes, professor, you ARE ruining the fantasy of it all. Geesh……..

    • AlexO

      This particular story is actually full on rape in the original telling. Sleeping Beauty originally isn’t awoken by a kiss but rather labor.

      But really, any form of unsolicited touching should be avoided, especially something more intimate like kissing. Cheek or otherwise. A person wanting to do it is trumped by the other person not wanting it. I’ve been around people who are constantly hands one and its not pleasant constantly being grabbed and rubbed, even if it’s not sexual in nature.

      And its not that people are too sensitive these days. It’s more that people are finally able to say no without feeling like a weirdo for doing so because its so common place to do it (unwanted touching).

      • C

        Hollywood has been lightening these otherwise dark stories from the beginning, particularly Disney. In Cinderella, the mother cut the feet off her daughters so they might fit in the glass slipper, and The Beast killed a few innocents before the spell was lifted. Don’t get me started on the Snow Queen, I’m just gonna let it go.
        This is not the first time I’ve heard accusations against fabled princes and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Disney retool their attractions to cast Princes Charming and Eric in more subservient roles, though I’m not sure how – they’re already wearing tights, for crying out loud, but they’ll do something to subjugate the men and empower the women. They’ve already politically corrected Pirates of the Caribbean. What’s next? Pants on Minnie Mouse and Mickey announces he’s trans?
        Help Mr. Wizard – the future sucks! I want to go back to the fifties!

    • CR

      I agree, it’s over the top. Innocent acts are construed in the worst light possible, motives be damned.

      I kissed my grandfather’s lifeless forehead as he lay in his coffin, dead of a heart attack, when I was but 12. He meant a lot to me. He was my favorite grand parent, and I loved him. Am I a necromancer?

  2. Sam

    If I remember correctly in Giambattista Basile’s Sleeping Beauty she didn’t wake up until after she had twins… Because the king found her and had sex with her while she was still unconscious.

  3. The Unforgiven

    The real truth is the majority of the American public are probably sex offenders…and pedophiles…since they seem to be the same thing. Considering how many people have had sex under the age of 18, past and present, most everyone should be locked up and castrated. Wouldn’t want these vile creatures loose on the streets.

    • CR

      “Sex offender” is a social construct. To designate someone as suddenly or magically “adult” at the age of 18 is entirely arbitrary. Pedophiles are sexually attracted to prepubescent persons. Anyone who is 18 is well past pubescence. So to designate someone who is attracted to a post-pubescent person, or more likely (since for now the State can’t read our minds like in Minority Report) someone who has “engaged in sexual activity with” a post-pubescent person who is under the arbitrary age of majority, as a pedophile simply because of that act, is patently absurd.

      Pedophilia is not illegal. It is not immoral. To be sexually attracted is not a matter of choice. Acts are another matter. Acts are a matter of choice. Acts can be immoral.

      Both of my grandmothers were married at 14, and had borne children by age 15. Fourteen was considered a normal age for a woman to be wed at the turn of that century, the early 1900’s.

      I would submit that it is normal to have sex before the age of 18. Doing so does not make one a sex offender. Age is not the determinant criteria.

    • mch

      Strange what is going on in the world, particularly in the U.S. with sexual harassment, accusations of molestations, rape, and God knows what else may come to mind. This US government has been very successful at dividing families, races and now genders. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to enter into a relationship these days; specifically, a man is forbidden to even look at a woman for longer than a glance, holding hands without permission, a kiss on the cheek, a hug after a nice evening out…sign a permission slip, fill out a waiver. Must a man and a woman on a date obey a three-foot rule or is walking too close a threatening sign? All of this is by design, creating further divisions that only the Wizards in Oz can fix with more laws, rules, punishments and lists. I’ve never viewed fairy tales as anything more than that, and soon the “classics” will be banned as sexist or as unwanted sexual advances. This once proud country is a laughing stock and sadly, other countries are boarding the crazy train run by looney legislators.

  4. Ron

    Let’s get the palace guard and lock them up.

  5. Tim Moore

    Yes and Hansel and Gretel were kidnapped by a canabalistic witch and they escaped by burning her alive in an oven. Scared the crap out of me. Those old German fairy tales were not that fair, they were meant to be R rated. Somewhere we thought kids couldn’t handled being scared, so we showed them Disney.

  6. Marty

    I suppose Bugs Bunny would be considered a dangerous serial sex offender considering how many times he forced kisses on Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd. That wouldn’t necessarily make him gay either, because he’s kissing out of his species. So, that would label him a beastialist. And, with that in mind, we have Roger and Jessica Rabbit. Pepe Le Peu is a violent rapist. Okay, I’ll stop now, but these are just a few examples of classic animated characters that could never be created nor tolerated in today’s ultra-paranoid society.

  7. totally against public registry

    Man’s mistake was letting women on the field……..no stopping us now!

    I’m ashamed to be a woman in this day in age….what disgrace, indecency, indignity……………

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