By Andrew Bolt ~
The far-Left Victorian Government now declares war on fairy tales: “A teaching aid in the Respectful Relationship program wants pupils to analyse men and women in classics like Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel and compare them to modern stories challenging gender norms.”
It claims traditional fairytales often reinforce “gender norms” – norms to which these ideological misfits object:
A teaching aid in the Respectful Relationship program wants pupils to analyse men and women in classics like Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel and compare them to modern stories challenging gender norms.
It argues that the traditional fairytales often serve to reinforce gender norms and to cause “a sense of entitlement in boys and lower self-esteem in girls”.
Children will be encouraged to act as “fairytale detectives”, to “describe and compare the roles commonly given to male and female characters” and to “identify gendered messages fairytales give readers”.
They would then be encouraged to consider what would happen if the characters in fairytales swapped roles — for example, if the girl were armed with the sword while the boy waited for her to rescue him.
This is the dead-end post-modernism that tells readers to be paranoid and hostile to the author, rather than let readers enters the author’s world to at least get the gist of their message.
And so children will be told put the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in the dock, accused of sexism, with everything they write being judged only by that charge.
This means children risk losing the true messages in some of these classics – the messages that actually make them classics.
The pity there is that one story in particular, Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, remains a powerful critique of exactly this Victorian Government, which in its global warming mania has just helped to shut down a massive coal-fired electricity generator* without actually making a blind bit of difference to the climate. Read the story, which the Government would protest makes a hero of a little boy, and figure who the naked emperor could be.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.