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Kristen Bell says she uses fairytales to teach her daughters about consent

Kristen hasn’t banned certain tales like Keira.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Keira Knightley revealed that she had imposed a ban on certain fairytales in her household.

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Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, the actress said she’s not overly impressed by the narrative running through Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, so she chooses not read them to her daughter.

Cinderella. Banned, because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Rescue yourself, obviously. 

And when it came to the The Little Mermaid, Keira said:

I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello.

Interestingly, the topic of fairytales was also on the agenda when Parents Magazine interviewed Kristen Bell this week.

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Like Keira, she has reservations when it comes to certain themes running through the tales, however she opts to use them as a platform to chat to her two daughters about consent.

After explaining that she thoroughly enjoys reading the stories to her children, she said:

Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!

She added:

Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, “Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?” I say, “I would never take food from a stranger, would you?” And my kids are like, “No!”

“Okay, I’m doing something right,” Kristen told the publication.

Kristen’s daughters, who she shares with husband Dax Shepard, are five and three-years-old. 

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