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Briar Rose and the Issue of Well Behaved Praise
Frequently in our stories women are praised for being "well-behaved" whereas men are rewarded for breaking the rules or forging their own path. Even in this story, the prince who wins the kingdom ignores an elder's advice and searches for Briar Rose against better judgement. Why would a behavior be praised in one gender and the opposite behavior rewarded in another within the same story? A driving reason to refocus classic literature is to remind readers that gender should not determine who you get to be in the story...or in life.
Briar Rose and the Issue of Consent
Unfortunately, issues of consent are rampant in fairy tales. It is important to stop and emphasize to your children or your students that being beautiful and asleep does NOT equal consent for any gender.