The supermarket chain Aldi had Roald Dahl's children's book Revolting Rhymes pulled from their shelves
this week after a mother complained that the use of the word "slut" to describe Cinderella was offensive.
What do you think of Aldi's response? When, if ever, is it appropriate to ban a book from sale?
I'm actually horrified to hear that such a well known children's book used that word. I guess it comes back to it being an old book, written by an older man. It's a reflection of the culture we live in, and I'm glad someone is doing something about the woman hating language.
I love Roald Dahl, but I think it would be appropriate to publish a new edition of the book where a different word is used. It's time we stopped woman hating, and changing our language is the best place to start!
It's a different, old fashioned sense of the word, meaning "a dirty or slovenly woman". Still misogynist, but not sexual. I've seen an older copy of Mother Goose that uses the same word in one of the verses of Mary Mary Quite Contrary ("wasn't she a dirty slut to sell her bed and sleep in the dirt.")
The way kids will view it is through today's lens though, regardless of the older meaning of the word.
Based on your response, Meggf, we'd be banning Enid Blyton and nursery rhyme using words like gay. Children are intelligent beings and understand context, especially when it is openly discussed with parents. If Revolting Rhymes is allowed in schools, city libraries, book stores, etc. then it is not considered a book requiring banning. And after 50 years of being a much loved book I don't believe anyone has been offended by it.
I've looooved this book since I was a teenager! It's hilarious. So what if it's politically incorrect? That's what makes it funny. The meaning of words change, and it will be a sad day when we have to change songs and stories because of the new meaning of a word eg gay, pussy, fairy, rainbow.