When little Emma Moore turned five, she didn’t dress up as Jasmine orÂ MulanÂ or evenÂ Merida. With the help of her photographer mother,Â Jaime C. Moore,Â she posed as five amazing women who have shaped U.S. History that kinda put the Disney princesses to shame and made me want to tell my two-year-old all about Helen Keller now. More
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I’ve noticed that we parents sometimes shun “girly” things for fear of over-feminizing our daughters. But reading this article has made me acutely aware of the truth that I’m very, very guilty of this — and maybe I’m doing my daughter a disservice. I praise my daughter when she plays with her baby tool shop, but don’t quite have the same reaction when she wears various objects like bracelets or plays with her doll. More
A few months ago, I made a mistake. I let my child watch The Little Mermaid. While we generally only watch a half an hour of TV on a rainy day if ever, I was working on a deadline and I made this one error that Iâ€™ll most likely regret for a long time to come. More
You know how little girls really really, really, really want to be Belle. They just don’t want to have her dress and her shoes and her magical friends. They want to be her. You know, aside from being ripped away from your father and imprisoned by a beast with anger issues. But the books and the pretty dresses and the walking clocks that orchestrated wonderful meals? Sign every little girl ever up for that please.
The idea of a princess who doesn’t want to get married has some movie reviewers in a tizzy. Like the Entertainment Weekly reporter who uses tired cliches to argue that Brave’s Princess Merida could be a lesbian. His argument just proves why we need more strong and independent princesses. More
To find a little respite from your daughter’s plastic jeweled-haven, please enjoy a little Princess humor on us. More
I’m waiting on pins and needles for Pixar’s first female protagonist. When I showed my daughter the trailer, she said, “Ehhh…” More
So get those credit cards ready, pack the Belle costume in the car, and head to the nearest Target to pay homage at the altar of commercialized princess worship. More
However, just because mommies would admittedly line up to bring this Barbie home doesn’t meant that they are necessarily promoting unrealistic body images in the home. More
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Our classic Disney princesses are getting on in years. Don’t let those timeless DVD covers and Disney stills fool you as these ladies are no longer the maiden beauties who were once waiting for their Prince. Artist Taija Vigilia chooses to capture our girlhood icons at their actual age — sans botox, fillers, or even hair dye. More
It’s no coincidence that the role models traditionally put before girls are passive, complacent, conventional princesses who just wait around for prince charming all day. It’s also hardly a secret that little boys are socially permitted to admire an array of even violent figures regardless of the figure’s moral center. But when it comes to girls, their protagonists and heroines must first be deemed “good” — and we all know that very few of those women made history, as is the point of editor and publisher Shirin Yim Bridges. The author has compiled an awesome-looking tween collection entitled The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames that reminds girls that powerful queens and princesses came long before Disney. More
Forget the tutus and tiaras, Disney is introducing a new children’s program that focuses on a little girl with a magic stethoscope. Call me easily excited, but it’s a progressive step for the company that patented the “damsel in distress” image. More
Kids and reality TV can be bad business. Shows like The Real Housewives, Bad Girls Club, and The Bachelor with their scripted cattiness and sexist tropes Â just affirm for kids some of the worst stereotypes of women. Specifically that they’re all narcissistic gold diggers unworthy of trust. At the same time, reality TV often plays to comfortable narratives that are familiar to pretty much anyone such as “happily ever after,” dream weddings, and ideal families. So really, it was only a matter of time until somebody crossed The Real Housewives franchise with that of Disney — kind of like how SNL did this weekend!