Traditional fairy tales rejected by awake generation who say they are ‘inappropriate’, ‘outdated’ and ‘sexist’

Children’s books were once filled with enchanting tales of monsters, magic, and princesses in need of rescue.

But it’s Grimm news for the traditional fairy tale, which is under threat in today’s waking world.

Nine out of ten adults under the age of 30 find fairy tales ‘inappropriate’ and ‘outdated’, according to a survey.

And the same percentage believe the stories “promote outdated gender stereotypes” such as the princess who needs to be rescued by a man, while more than three quarters said many of them were “sexist”.

Certain fairy tales may not make it into the bedtime selection, as nearly a quarter of 18-29 year olds surveyed are concerned that their child will hear the original version of a story and “get scared”.

Twenty-four percent said they wouldn’t read certain stories before bed if they thought they were “offensive” or “old-fashioned.”

Fairy tales have previously been criticized for many “damsel in distress” storylines, which are said to send the wrong messages to young girls.

And Snow White and Sleeping Beauty have come under fire for Prince Charming kissing the women ‘without permission’, albeit to awaken them from evil spells.

Children's books were once filled with enchanting tales of monsters, magic, and princesses in need of rescue.  But it's Grimm news for the traditional fairytale, which is under threat.
Camera iconChildren’s books were once filled with enchanting tales of monsters, magic, and princesses in need of rescue. But it’s Grimm news for the traditional fairytale, which is under threat. Credit: disney/disney

The survey of 2,000 people aged 18 to 60 was also asked which fairy tale they thought was the “darkest or scariest”.

Hansel and Gretel, in which a witch tries to fatten Hansel up so she can eat him, was the scariest for many of the 18-29 year olds surveyed.

The second darkest, according to this age group, was Little Red Riding Hood.

But the poll also found that 86 percent of all age groups agree there is something “genuinely magical and fun” about fairy tales.

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