Thousands of children are being taught that Disney movies are glamorizing racism, sexism and domestic violence, it has been revealed.
A trove of lesson plans, widely-shared among British teachers, explains the films as tales of oppression, and says Beauty and the Beast is an example of domestic abuse.
It also takes aim at titles like Aladdin, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
On the subject of Beauty and the Beast, the material suggests that Belle is living under a constant threat of violence with “only her sexuality” to defend her.
It says: “The Beast does not attack Belle but the threat of physical violence is present.
“The movie says if a woman is pretty and sweet natured she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man.
“In other words, it is the woman’s fault if her man abuses her. And of course, the beast turns into a handsome prince because ugly people cannot be happy.”
Describing Snow White, the plan says: “She doesn’t mind house work because she is sure a rich young man will soon come and take her away,” children are told.
“This is typical of Disney’s movies. Young women are naturally happy home-makers. They wait – like Snow White in her coma – until a man comes along to give them life.”
The plans, aimed at teaching social issues to children aged 11-16, were unearthed by The DailyTelegraph from a teaching resources site, from which they had been downloaded some 6,000 times.
The site offers ready-made lessons which teachers can alter as they see fit, or use in their entirety.
Although there is no way to tell how many times the plans have been put into action, even if only 5% of those who download the lesson actually teach it, it will still reach some 10,000 schoolchildren.
In light of the discovery, a spokesman for Disney defended the stories in a statement to the media.
He said: “For more than 90 years, Disney’s timeless stories and beloved characters, including Disney Princesses, have been universal, relatable and relevant for everyone.
“They are loved by millions of children and adults across gender because it is their inner qualities such as determination, kindness, loyalty, humour, courage and wit that shine through and define them.