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Should Fairy tales be for children

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Started: 10/27/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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No they shouldn't be for children...

  • Life isn't a fairytale

  • Good guy's don't always win

  • There many other guy than just Prince Charming

  • Imagination shouldn't take over you life

  • There are other stories, not just fairytales

  • Fairytales have no facts but make believe

  • Things in fairytales aren't real

  • Fairytales give false promises

  • Frogs don't turn to prince if you kiss ewww

  • You can't just be a servent one day then a Princess, like in Cinderella

  • Imagination is not always good.



Assuming R1 is for acceptance, I will now allow my opponent to state his arguments in R2 as to why he can reasonably prove that the presence of fairytales causes irreperable damage to the rearing of little ones, and thus, should not be considered appropriate for children.

Round 1: Acceptance

Round 2: Arguments

Round 3: Rebuttals

Round 4: Counter rebuttals

Best of luck to you. :)
Debate Round No. 1


Kids shouldn"t be taught that everything ends well".Not everyone wins
They imply things that aren't true eg. That stepsisters and stepmothers are bad/ugly or that some animals are bad
Fairy tales make us believe that life always has a happy ending
Most have good morals but in fairy tales it always ends up as: "And they lived Happily Ever After."
They usually have things like crime, characters ignoring health problems and safety issues in them
Sometimes there is a lot of child abuse eg. Hansel and Gretel getting threatened to be put into an oven
Kids should not read Fairy tales because it can make them believe in the supernatural from a very young age
Some young girls feel that after they have seen the image of a princess they feel that they have to be slim and beautiful so they can find their prince charming
They can cause nightmares from characters eg. The wicked witch. She comes up in a lot of different Fairy Tales
Some fairy tales stories are far from reality eg. Some girls are waiting for their prince charming figure to come and rescue them from their reality
"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."
Fairy tales have a lot of make believe characters which they then expect children to believe in, eg. Fairies, Dragons, Mermaids, Unicorns"
There is really no version of a fairy tale that is perfect for children, The classic ones are too gory and violent and the Disney versions teach them bad values
Fairy tales shouldn"t decide your life for you, you should decide it yourself.
"Beauty is only skin deep, what"s really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit"


"In an utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected." - Charles Dickens[1]

Folks, this debate over whether or not fairy tales are suitable for children is absolutely ridiculous. Their intent is not to bring about physical or mental anguish, but rather promote an increased level of activity within the brain through the human abstract thought process commonly referred to as "the imagination". Are we to believe that mankind would be better off if the canvas of life were only painted with black and white strokes, and had no color? No! As a colorblind man even I strongly oppose this dangerous, static mindset. Knowing this, one then could conclude that I view fairy tales as being not only suitable for children, but guard them as a vital element within the realm of [2][fiction] in which both children and adults should readily partake in, and enjoy, in order to encourage positive internal and external developments.[3]

In reference to the above quote made by Mr. Dickens, these genuine works of the [4][imagination] serve a purpose as a means of 'escape' from the burdens of a hard-pressed society. A society that is overworked and mentally strained by the presence of our own self-fabricated reality.

My opponent still has yet to make a valid argument as to why he knows that fairy tales are detrimental to children. He has also failed to provide any proof to corroborate his argument except that of the personal opinion in which supports his assertion.


[1] "A Transcription of Charles Dickens's "Frauds on the Fairies" (1 October 1853)". 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2015-10-2.

[2] Define: [fiction]:

[3] Fiction Improves Brain Connectivity & Function:

[4] Define: [imagination]:

Debate Round No. 2


People, seriously why read fairy tales when we have books from other genres. Fairy tales don't have facts and what's the point reading a book about make believe characters instead of reading books which have facts and things to learn.
We let younger readers to read fairy tales and make them believe that everything in a fairy tale is true. If we let them read total rubbish what will they be when they grow up.... a fairy or a well educated human.
Don't take advantage of yourself by reading fairy tales and believing stuff that's not real.


[1]["Stories may not actually breathe, but they can animate. The breath imputed by this book’s title is the breath of a god in creation stories, as that god gives life to the lump that will become human. Stories animate human life; that is their work. Stories work with people, for people, and always stories work on people, affecting what people are able to see as real, as possible, and as worth doing or best avoided. What is it about stories—what are their particularities—that enables them to work as they do? More than mere curiosity is at stake in this question, because human life depends on the stories we tell: the sense of self that those stories impart, the relationships constructed around shared stories, and the sense of purpose that stories both propose and foreclose"]

- Arthur Frank, Letting Stories Breathe (2010)

[2]["A fable is a type of fairy tale that is attempting to teach a lesson in its telling. It often has the same fantastic elements, but most the important part is the meaning behind the story."]

My opponent has not provided any evidence with the exception of personal opinion that contributes to his initial argument. He has also chosen to ignore scientific fact stating that works of fiction are actually BENEFICIAL to our health and contribute positively to our development.

I hate to be a stick in the mud but I believe this debate is pretty much over unless he can provide me with information that can at least refute science's claim on this matter.


[1] The Cultural Evolution of Storytelling and Fairy Tales: Human Communication and Memetics; Princeton University Press;;

Debate Round No. 3


It's no secret that classic fairy tales aren't the bright and happy stories Disney would have you believe. (The way the Brothers Grimm tell Cinderella, one of her stepsisters resorts to cutting off her own toe to fit into Ella's dainty glass slippers.) Now, rather than skipping over the bleaker elements at bedtime -- or just hoping kids can handle rather dark ideas -- parents are chucking fairy tales altogether, says a new study conducted by British TV channel, Watch.

The Daily Mail reports that some of the books most commonly left on the shelves include Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel because kidnapping is the centerpiece of their story lines. And, Little Red Riding Hood -- that Big Bad Wolf is too gruesome when he gobbles up Red's grandma. A staggering one-third of parents reported that their children were actually brought to tears by the scene.

Real relationships don"t involve knights in shining armor, soul mates, gleaming carriages, castles or living happily ever after. Girls grow up finding themselves depending on men their entire lives instead of trying to be independent and in charge of their own happiness. When these women are not able to find a "Prince Charming" it can lead to depression because their lives are not just like the fairy tales. Another psychological issue that can occur is "The Cinderella Complex," or a women"s fear of independence and desire to be taken care of by others. Fairy tales have brainwashed girls into thinking that you must get married to have a fulfilling life, when in reality a young woman should have other dreams. Women should want to be able to take care of themselves and not depend on a husband for everything.

In fairy tales the princesses are always beautiful, with flowing hair, soft skin and a skinny waist. This can lead to body image issues where children grow up thinking they will never find true love because they do not look like the characters in the movies.
"Some studies have suggested that girls who read a lot of fairy tales or watch a lot of fairy tale related movies have lower self images than others" Danick from "Browse online"

Watching or reading a large number of fairy tales can cause serious anxiety. research shows that reading fairy tales right before bed leads to numerous nightmares and bad thoughts during the night. Children are incapable of fighting their anxious thoughts and they get to them.
"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed"- G.K. Chesterton


[Watching or reading a large number of fairy tales can cause serious anxiety. research shows that reading fairy tales right before bed leads to numerous nightmares and bad thoughts during the night. Children are incapable of fighting their anxious thoughts and they get to them.]

"Research shows". What research? Do you have a source you can provide so the reader can view this research?

["Some studies have suggested that girls who read a lot of fairy tales or watch a lot of fairy tale related movies have lower self images than others" Danick from "Browse online"]

"Some studies have suggested." What studies? Do you have a link you can provide to this study?

My opponent once again has failed to meet his burden of proof. I encourage potential voters on this debate to vote accordingly. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by whiteflame 10 months ago
>Reported vote: Peepette// Mod action: Removed<

5 points to Con (Arguments, Sources). Reasons for voting decision: Pro had documentation to prove his point. Con did not.

[*Reason for removal*] (1) The voter doesn't explain her allocation of argument points. (2) The voter insufficiently explains source points. Merely stating that one side had sources while the other did not is not adequate.
Posted by BTW 11 months ago
I strongly encourage readers to vote for Pro in regards to this topic. The evidence has been made perfectly clear.
Posted by Peepette 12 months ago
To bad I saw this debate too late. It would have been interesting to discuss the political satire used in fairly tales.
Posted by Effffort 12 months ago
I root for btw
Posted by Sciguy 12 months ago
....Nazi! No, you are not that but this is just a 'why' debate. As in 'why' did you post it?
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