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    Russian ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, lies, as a Princess and American dancer David Hallberg, behind her, as a Prince perform at a dress rehearsal of The Sleeping Beauty in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

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    A British mother in London courted controversy by demanding that her son’s primary school remove the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty from its curriculum because it promotes "inappropriate sexual" messages to children.

    Sarah Hall, 40 made the request in a note left in her son’s record book, claiming that the story, which features a prince waking the sleeping princess with a kiss, is not "relevant" in modern society and that it contains problematic attitudes, "about age and consent."

    A "#PR #gender #diversity advocate" and "Owner 1 dog+2 small boys" as she describes herself on Twitter, Ms. Hall took to social media platform to voice her concerns.

    The story has predictably provoked intense responses on social media, ranging from derision to support.

    Ms. Hall has said that she thought Sleeping Beauty would be an appropriate resource for older children, but that her son who is six years old, could be negatively influenced by the tale.


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